He is Sufficient

From time to time I enjoy reading a good book and the series I have been reading lately has told the story of a family traveling the Oregon Trail during the Civil War. As I was reading, I came to a part where the young woman was mourning the loss of a friend and crying out to God not understanding why He allowed her friend to be taken out of her life along with all the other hardships they were facing. 

The Lord simply responded with,  "Am I not sufficient for thee?"  Those six words hit me like a ton of bricks. 

I thought to myself, Is the Lord sufficient for me? If I were stripped of my home, family, food, job, would He be all I needed? Since having lost my dad, I have had to fight living in fear of losing someone else close to me or I have been fearful of current world events and what the future may hold and I know many of you have similar fears.

When I read those words, I knew that I wasn't acting as if the Lord was sufficient for me and it wasn't right. I was limiting God by putting Him in a box and not trusting Him to be everything I needed. Have you ever been there? You carry the weight of the world on your shoulders when you weren't made to handle it all alone. He is waiting for all of us to give Him our full and total trust and say, 'No matter what happens to me God, YOU are sufficient'. 

When I look back on my life I can not deny God's faithfulness.
When no one else knew my pain and hurts, He was sufficient. 
When I thought I couldn't go on, He was sufficient.
When I didn't know how a bill was going to be paid, He was sufficient. 
When there was turmoil in my family, He was sufficient. 
When I moved to another state, He was sufficient. 
In sickness, He was sufficient. 

My Granny who has lived through many trails in her 77 years said something to me yesterday that ties into this message perfectly. She said, "People get fearful when trials come but having lived as long as I have, I know where to go to. I know God is the only one who can get you the hard times in life. We have the key to get through anything when you know to cry out to Him."

It is amazing how big God becomes to us when we realize how fragile we are. When you realize one day you could have everything and the next it is taken away, it makes you feel so small. We HAVE to rest in the assurance that Jesus Christ and His grace is sufficient no matter what we may face. 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

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 Corinthians 12:9) 

Written By :  Alicia McDermott-Yanik