All of you is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with your love
And all I have in you is more than enough.
— Chris Tomlin, Enough
What a great song! It reminds us of a wonderful truth from the Word: our God is more powerful than our needs.
It is a principle seen over and over in scripture:
Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
2 Kings 4: 1–7
The passage above tells the story of a woman who found herself in a terrible position. She was desperate. She turned to help from the Lord’s prophet, Elisha. Her husband and her family loved the Lord, but now they were in crisis.
Elisha tells her to go out and get some jars from her neighbors. “Don’t ask for just a few,” he told her. The prophet knew God’s providence would be great. As you read the story from the Word, notice what happened. The jars ran out before the oil being supplied by God did. There was more than enough oil to supply the need. If they had collected 100 more jars, the oil supplied by God would have filled them all!
I wish I had been there to see that scene. Don’t you know the woman and her sons were excited? Don’t you know they felt blessed and praised God? Don’t you know they wished they had collected more jars!
The same truth is seen in the feeding of the 5,000:
Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
— Matthew 14:15–21
That day the disciples went quickly from saying, “What are we going to do? How can we feed all of these people?” to saying, “Hey, somebody get some more of these baskets! What are we going to do with all of this food?” God’s provision was more than enough.
How much grace do you need today? How much forgiveness, comfort or reassurance do you need today? How much more does God want to use you to help and encourage others? How much more does God want to do through c|Life?
Aren’t you glad that, as children of the King, we can be confident that our God’s power and providence is not just adequate, not just sufficient, but is more than enough? Praise God.