I was sitting in an ordination council. This was in October 2015. A man would be getting ordained in just a few hours. A dear brother and friend gave this counsel, “Our sufficiency is in God. Trust Him.” Those words mean something to me, I have thought about them almost daily. There is much more to this.
What does the Bible say? Trusting God is not just in salvation. Trusting God is for daily Christian living. The Bible tells us this in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” I don’t know that there is much difference between believing God (faith) and trusting God. If there is a difference, it must not be a great difference. If there is a difference, the two have more in common than they have different. For this post, I am going to continue with the presupposition that trusting God and believing God are the same. Why can we believe God? The advice given pointed to our sufficiency in God. The Bible says “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6. This passage deserves much more explanation, but for the sake of keeping with the subject at hand, I will keep to the point. Paul tells the church at Corinth that his sufficiency is of God. God is the One who made Paul an able minster of the new covenant. God is the One that worked in Paul. Paul had nothing to boast of, it was all God. That is, and should be, the testimony of every follower of Jesus. The word “sufficiency” is only used once in the New Testament (Whereas the word “sufficient” earlier in the verse is actually a different Greek word and is used 40 times in the New Testament. Both words have the same root). It carries the connotation of being “adequate, capable, and qualified”. Please think about this, what makes you adequate, capable, and qualified for the ministry of the new covenant is God. He alone makes us sufficient!
What does this mean? Because our sufficiency is in God we can trust Him. He is the One that working in us. We cannot trust our own selves but we can always trust God. He is the One who makes us able. He is the One who uses us. This means you can fully trust Him. He will use you. He will guide you. Trust Him.
I am a missionary. I look back at my life and I am amazed at how God has guided me. I would have never thought I would be doing what God is using me to do, but He is and will! I can trust my God. My sufficiency is in Him! You can trust God too!