“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God…” II Corinthians 3:5 NKJV
Have you ever looked forward to getting something and when it finally comes, you feel ‘disappointed’, thinking it would be much more. This is the feeling a lot of people get having looked to money, people or possessions as their source.
King Solomon, one of the richest men that ever lived described riches and possessions as “vanity upon vanity” (Ecclesiastes 2:11). He didn’t make this comment as a consolation for lack, but from a place of abundance of wealth. Despite being surrounded by all the riches that one could hope for, King Solomon still felt an emptiness within him, a desire for something much more.
Have you ever seen a fish survive without water? How about a tree without its roots in the soil? Well friends, a fish has better chances of surviving without water than man has, of surviving without God. It’s no wonder Solomon rounds up His discourse in the book of Ecclesiastes with a call to live for God, obeying His commands.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV)
A life with God as its source is one that is consistently reliant on Him. For us as believers, this would mean, daily drawing strength from His presence as we live our lives. It would translate to seeking His face on every decision, trusting His Spirit to direct our steps because, “in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
It would also mean recognising that our human abilities are not sufficient for us, neither are material possessions nor friends and loved ones. We must recognise the frailty of human abilities and possessions, and choose to put our hope in God’s divine ability (Psalm 73:26).
We must condition our hearts to see God as being enough, such that in the midst of unfavourable situations, we are rest assured that one with God is the majority. Our challenges are not too big for God (Jeremiah 32:27). We must not magnify them in our hearts above God, with whom there is no impossibility.
When we take our eyes off God and begin to rely on our abilities or focus on the mountains, we begin to sink just like Peter in Matthew 14:22-23.
God is our ultimate source and we are designed to have a thriving relationship with Him in order to live life to its fullest. Dear believer, fix your eyes on God.
God is enough for me!
I am satisfied in all circumstances.
God is able to meet all my needs according to His riches in glory.
Bible Reading Plan: Psalms 102-104