4. To Enable You to Rely on the Sufficiency of God
God satisfies and He is sufficient.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).
If God’s love is unfailing (eternal, certain, steadfast, inexhaustible), it is not His love the Psalmist prayed for, but rather that we would find our satisfaction in it. Therein lies the problem: our theology. Despite what the Bible says, we do not believe He is sufficient. We believe, rather, that He is insufficient, and that we also need another human to complete us.
“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’” (Genesis 2:18).
Adam needed Eve, you might think, which is why God created woman. We absolutely do need a helper, a companion; and those living without romantic love, without sexual fulfillment, are incomplete. Adam obviously could not have been okay with God alone.
That is not true. Eve was God’s grace in Adam’s life, God’s good gift to him. God’s grace is sufficient because God in His wisdom always gives what is good, what is best (not in our opinion, but in His). Without Eve, Adam would have walked with God in paradise, completely and utterly satisfied in God. God had already given Adam life and breath and placed him in utter paradise. Adam’s life was already better than any man to live after him.
And yet, God opened His hand and gave another gift, satisfying a desire Adam did not even realize he had. God’s grace is so sufficient that He provides for us and satisfies us in ways that surprise us. He doesn’t give us everything we ask for and believe will satisfy us; He gives us what he KNOWS will satisfy.
Adam would not have known to ask for Eve. God knew Eve would be suitable, a welcome help through life. He does not promise us all the same type of help, the same variety of grace. We are not guaranteed a human helpmate. But rest assured, that God will provide for you just as he did for Adam. His grace will be sufficient for you.
“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does” (Psalm 145:16-17).
Imagine the difference our life would make, our testimony for Christ would make, if we truly lived that way: being satisfied with God’s unfailing love, believing that the Lord’s ways are always right and faithful!
The Apostle Paul learned about God’s sufficiency through hardship. After pleading with God three times to change his circumstances, he was given this answer:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9a).
“Therefore,” Paul went on to write, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9b-10).
Hardships and difficulties do not disprove the goodness of God; they are a showcase for His power, sufficiency, and grace!
Ironically, both marriage and singleness prove to us to the insufficiency of humans and the sufficiency of God! As good of a gift as Eve was, that iconic pair made a mess of things, paradise was lost, and mankind had to return to realizing just how right and sufficient God alone is, until ultimately that was revealed through Jesus Christ.
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