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HomeWord - Feb. 28, 2008

God Meets Our Deepest Needs 
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden

And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’" Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NASB)

The first day back from Christmas break during my freshman year of college was the day God revealed himself to me as The All Sufficient One – or El Shaddai – as He is referred to in the Hebrew language.  Within hours after arriving home, I learned I needed major jaw surgery and that my dad had cancer.  It’s not that I didn’t know that God could take care of all my needs.  But, it was on that day my heart finally understood what it meant to rely completely on Him to meet my deepest needs. It was an understanding I needed and relied on heavily throughout the following year.

My family had never felt so weak, inadequate and helpless as we did the night we learned of my dad’s cancer.  So we prayed.   It was unlike any prayer we had ever prayed before.  Instead of telling God all that we wanted, we called out to God – The All Sufficient One.  We gave over our situation, fear, worry and sorrow to the Lord.  We thanked him for walking with us every step of the way.  We handed over worry and doubt as we cried out to our Lord.

Years later now, I look back and still choke up thinking about that day.  It was a tough year for our family. I would never trade it for anything, though.  God walked us through a process of trusting and relying on Him in every situation both good and bad.  He proved to be the All Sufficient One! Through the most challenging time our family had ever faced, we learned that He is all we need.

Think about a time in your life that God revealed himself to you as being the All Sufficient One.  How has He shown you that He will take care of all your needs?

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1. What does Paul mean when he writes that we should boast in our weaknesses?

2. When have you seen God meet the deepest needs in your life?  How is your story an example of God taking care of all of your needs?


Genesis 17:1-3; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Philippians 4:13

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