And you shall remember the LORD your God,
for it is He who gives you power to get wealth,
that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

(Deuteronomy 8:18)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You are the One who made us, who first loved us, and provides for us. Forgive us, precious LORD, we pray, whenever we fail to acknowledge that You are before all people, places, and things. Everything in heaven and on earth was created through You and for You. Enable us to stand in awe of You, and help us to declare, not our doing, but, Your mighty acts. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.

In my last post, I said that,
While doing what God says is good,
striving to become self-sufficient is not.
What do I mean by that? Independence. Relying on self, instead of acknowledging that our God is in, above, and through it all.

The Right Sufficiency is From God

While it is good to follow God’s command in caring for others (e.g. James 2:15-16), taking all the credit for it is wrong. Today’s verse tells us to remember the LORD our God, and we need to remember Him in all our deeds as well.

Where does our power (our breath and the ability to give) come from? How do we get food on our tables? Through what way/s do we gain more than enough, so we can share what we have with others?

God’s Word reminds us in 2 Corinthians 3:5 that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. Matthew Henry comments on this verse that,

All our sufficiency is of God; to him therefore are owing all the praise and glory of that good which is done, and from him we must receive grace and strength to do more.” This is true concerning ministers and all Christians; the best are no more than what the grace of God makes them. Our hands are not sufficient for us, but our sufficiency is of God; and his grace is sufficient for us, to furnish us for every good word and work.

The Bible does not tell us to sit back, folding our hands and doing nothing. To the contrary! All through God’s Word, we are warned not to be idle but to be diligent in our work. While being good workers and/or givers, we need to remember the One who has made the heavens and the earth and everything in it. He is the One from whom all is coming from.

Precious readers, this is so important. We will talk more about that in next week’s blog post. Could I ask you, to read through Deuteronomy 8 while waiting for the follow-up post, please? Thank you!

Remember that it is He who gives you the power for today.

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