Monday, November 9, 2009

Lacking Nothing, Possessing Everything

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8).

This is a tremendously positive and encouraging Scripture. Notice the choice of words. All– used four times – is defined as nothing being lacking, the whole extent. To abound is to be plentiful and filled to overflowing. Every includes all that there could be – the fullest possible amount. Examine how the passage makes use of these words.

“God is able to make all grace abound.” Countless times a day we need God’s grace to show patience, humility, kindness, and other qualities. We are incapable of doing that in our own strength, but He gives total grace.

“So that in all things.” God is present in all conditions and circumstances. No situation takes Him by surprise or is beyond His control.

“At all times.” Regardless of our pain level, irritability, or weakness, He is near. Whether at home or at work, with others or alone, He is there.

“Having all you need.” There will be constant provision of the strength, courage, and endurance needed to face life. The Holy Spirit and His power dwell within us as believers. Physical needs will be met as well. Nothing will be lacking.

“You will abound in every good work.” God is quite capable of continuing to use us for His kingdom and others’ good despite our restrictions.

How may we apply these words to our illness and pain? They remind us that no day will be so difficult that we can not survive it. There will never be a time when He is not there. They tell us that His sufficiency is all-encompassing and complete. They encourage us with the fact that we will still be able to serve Him in some way, regardless of our limitations. Rejoice today! El Shaddai – the All-Sufficient One – is here.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being my Jehovah Jireh – my Provider. May I walk in the power of that knowledge this day. Amen.

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