“Having all that you need . . .” | 2 Corinthians 9:8
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Many people live with a “scarcity” mindset, a glass-half-empty philosophy that is always focused on the “what if this happens…” or “what if it doesn’t happen….” The “scarcity” mindset is not the needed process of risk management; it is the problem of being risk adverse. “Scarcity” is always based in the fear of inadequacy. “We’ll never have what we need.” “We’ll never measure up.” “We’ll never be able to satisfy.”
Here is the truth of God’s Word - he will always give you exactly what you need to do everything he calls you to do. If God is calling you to do something, the question you face is not about risk, it’s about trust. Can you trust God to bless you abundantly? Can you trust God to give you all you need? Can God really be trusted to make you “abound in every good work”?
The fear of inadequacy leaves God out of the picture. It is a self-focused fear that believes “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.” Let’s face it, if it’s up to me to make things happen nothing worthwhile is going to happen. The fear of inadequacy is real, but don’t let it paralyze you. Let it be a reminder of how much you need God, the God who will in all things at all times give you exactly what you need.
Father, help me face my fear of inadequacy. Remind me that you are able to bless abundantly. Please work in my life to turn fear into faith so that I can do all that you are calling me to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.