One of the biggest problems most of us have is thinking we are self- sufficient. We think we can handle it. We are independent. I understand self-sufficiency is applauded in most circles and sometimes rightly so. I mean, I do think we shouldn’t always be looking for a handout, but rather we should work and learn to provide for ourselves and families. But what I’m talking about here is spiritual sufficiency, and that is something none of us have in and of ourselves.
The toughest lesson any of us have to learn is how weak we truly are. We have swallowed the lie of independence for so long it’s almost impossible for us to believe the truth. Therefore God has a way of getting us in a place where we can discover our need of him. For some it is drug addiction, divorce, loss of employment, jail, troubled children and the list goes on and on. I may not have named your particular corner, but I can promise you there is one perfectly designed just for you. You see, God isn’t content being the only one that knows this he wants us to know too. The only way for most of us is through some trials and hardships. It must be proven to us beyond any doubt that we are not self-sufficient and we are in need of Jesus Christ, who is more than enough.
If you read about the Apostle Paul and his discovery of this truth you’ll find out he came to understand weakness as an asset. He had something in his life that wouldn’t go away. He called it “a messenger of Satan.” He prayed three times for God to remove it, yet God’s response to him was “My grace is sufficient.” Paul learned this, “thorn in his flesh” as he called it, was there in order to keep him humble. Once he came to this conclusion he learned to embrace his weakness. He discovered when he was weak (insufficient) he was actually made strong. In Paul’s insufficiency God became all sufficient. God told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul said, “I will gladly rejoice in my weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
In other words if we think we are sufficient then God will continue to let us live that way. We may have to suffer all sorts of trials, hardships and painful results to wake us from the stupor false independence causes, but God is patient and he knows what he’s doing. He will be there waiting for us to cry out, and he will show up being all sufficient. The Bible tells us Jesus himself “learned obedience through what he suffered.” Apparently we are going to learn in the same way. James tells us “The trying of our faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” In conclusion, it seems as though we learn the most through trials and difficulties, but never forget God’s grace is sufficient.
Written by Louie