THE ALL SUFFICIENT GOD

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” 2 Cor. 12:9

Last week Frank and I were invited to a charity fund raiser in the Northwest. While he golfed and enjoyed fellowship with other pastors, I decided to do some exploring on my own after reading about a hill next to the resort that boasted of a 2.5 mile hike. The next morning I found myself in a forest of evergreen trees of verdant green against a backdrop of glacier lakes and mountains as far as the eye could see. The Lord even had it where I came across two fawns grazing in the rocks, ospreys feeding their young and little chipmunks running around. Talk about his abundance! He is the all sufficient one reminding us everyday that he has everything we need and more. More than what I saw, He was there bringing refreshment in overflowing proportions! Spurgeon says, “There is something in every Name of God which may breed faith in our souls. Whether we know him as Jehovah, Elohim, Shaddai, or Lord, or by whatsoever other name he has been pleased to manifest himself, that title becomes the ground of our confidence, and is the means of fostering faith in his people’s minds, when they come to understand its meaning. To a trembling people the Lord enlarges on his wonderful names. I think he also does it to excite our wonder and our gratitude. He that loves us so much is Jehovah: he that can create and destroy; he that is the self-existent God; he, even he, has set his heart upon his people, and loves them and counts them precious in his sight. It is a marvelous thing. The more one thinks of it, the more shall he be overwhelmed with astonishment, that he who is everything should love us who are less than nothing. It is the Holy One who has deigned to choose, and to love unholy men, and to look upon them in grace, and save them from their sins. That you may bow low in loving gratitude, God lets you see who He is.”

God is always showing us different angles of his glory and his love. He doesn’t want to go unnoticed nor be buried in the everyday. He waits to be needed, for someone to push away from life and reach upward. Way too many of us miss those special moments of his touch and it doesn’t have to be on some mountain. He comes in the everyday we just need to participate. To learn to move beyond the stuff that pulls away our attention and clamors to be heard. God is forever roaring as the All Sufficient One!

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