As a society, we aren’t very comfortable with weakness, we don’t champion the idea that someone is incapable or limited in their abilities. In fact, we prize quite the opposite. In general, it is seen as a virtuous thing to be self-sufficient and strong on our own.
Even in our churches at times we find ourselves scared to show too much of our own weakness, scared to offer a fear, or anxiety, without also slipping in a “but God is faithful” for good measure- lest others think we don’t know the right answers (read: self-sufficiency). It can even be hard for us to just rest entirely on grace, with no recourse. It becomes tempting to resort to a “grace+clean up your act” mentality, but that is not our faith…that is not the call of our Savior.
As I was reading this morning, I was struck anew by the words the Lord spoke to Paul “my grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I’ve read these words countless times, sometimes they have encouraged me, sometimes they have seemed so common that I’ve glossed over them, but today- the word sufficient leapt off the page. As I looked up the definition of the word, I was challenged all over again to lay down my silly efforts at being “self-sufficient” or strong on my own.
Sufficient: having provided all that is needed.
All. Every bit. Entirely and completely what is needed. It has all been provided. Once we have believed our efforts are to rest, abide, remain.
So today, hear the Lord say “rest in me, trust in me, because when you come to me you find I have already provided all that is needed, you don’t need to bring anything to the dinner party, it’s all there,” let that be your catalyst for faith, for drawing near.
Sufficient. Sufficient indeed.