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June 5, 2012


Where can one find the sufficiency needed to handle the troubles and trials of life? Three possible resources are: (1) Our Selves, (2) Our Elected Officials, or (3) Our Triune God.

(1) Our Selves – God’s Word tells us that the source of our sufficiency cannot be found within ourselves. Our American culture tells us and our natural minds believe that we are the source of everything needed to survive and thrive. However, the Scriptures repeatedly warn us against adopting this deceptive and erroneous view. King David in Psalm 108:12 records, “Bring us help in our time of crisis, any human assistance is worthless.”

(2) Our Elected Officials – Although elected officials can help relieve some of the troubles we encounter in society by promoting good and protecting against evil, Psalm 146:3 states, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”

(3) Our Triune God – Neither we, in and of our selves, nor our elected officials are adequate to provide what is needed to successfully meet and overcome life’s challenges. However, the believer has all the resources needed in our Triune God: God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit

In 2 Corinthians 3:5, we learn that God, the Father supplies all the resources we need, “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”
The spiritually mature person turns to God for help in their time of troubles and trials because He will provide wise counsel. They know that He has the answers to their needs (Psalm 119:24), and they know that those answers are found in the truth about God revealed in His Word (Psalm 19:7-9).

In John 15:5 Jesus, God the Son, tells us that, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” One of the biblical names of Christ is Wonderful Counselor found in Isaiah 9:6. He stands ready to provide wisdom, counsel, and comfort when we turn to Him for answers in our times of anxiety, fear, distress, and sorrow.

In Ephesians 3:20, we learn that God, the Holy Spirit, will provide all the power needed to apply the answers found in God’s Word to our individual situations, “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

Why do we sometimes struggle when we encounter troubles and trials?

Often, it is because we confront the situations in our own strength, on our own terms, and in our own time, never submitting to the resources that God provides. Living life this way is a formula for disaster. By submitting to the Triune God, the Source of our sufficiency, and allowing Him to manage our lives, we will witness His ability to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think in solving our problems, transforming our lives, and bringing Himself glory.

Prayer: O Lord, help me find my sufficiency in You. I praise You, the One who is able to do all things well. Forgive me for trying to solve my problems by turning to my own ability instead of tapping into the wisdom, power and direction that You stand ready to provide.

Dave Dagwell
Assistant to the President
Capitol Commission