A Testimony to a God of all Sufficiency
Someone once said that “The will of God will never place us where the grace of God cannot keep us…”
Many years ago during my early employment years, and whilst experiencing a time of financial hardships, I was to have the truth of this proverbial saying etched into my very being, for the Lord was about to teach me a lesson on provision from an unexpected source; and that He, Yahweh, would “Supply all my needs according to His riches in Glory” (Phil 4:19).
The trouble lay with my employment, the place where God had put me for a time – it was not providing an adequate and stable wage because the irregularity of my income was not meeting the demands of my necessary outgoings. One morning, whilst at work, my heart was heavy with weariness and I wandered, dispirited over to a window. I was feeling anxious and concerned. It was an unguarded moment – doubts began to besiege the citadel of faith – is God able to…? Just then my eyes became focused on an object hovering above a nearby copse – it was a hawk; its savage profile silhouetted against the sky made a spectacular sight; it’s hooked beak and its broad wingspan added to the predators menacing appearance. Yet despite a stiff contrary wind, the big bird remained stationary, skilfully riding the air current; its wing tips were quivering, its mind alert, talons rigid, it’s sharp eyes scanning the ground for any movement. I watched fascinated. Suddenly! It dived, and moments later came up with a rodent; breakfast had arrived; God had provided! For a while I stood there lost in wonder at the sight; tears welled up in my eyes; peace flooded my soul – it was a God Moment and I never forgot it. Very soon after that, my financial situation began to change for the better. God had taught me a lesson from nature.
In 1974 I went through the ordeal of a marriage break-up. It was the worst crisis experience of my life at that time; it was a time of great emotional stress. I felt that the bottom had dropped out of my world, and my faith was put to the test as never before as I watched my all family unit disintegrate. In the first two years that followed, I was to feel the hurt of rejection and a sense of failure, along with whole of the depressing emotions that marriage break-ups bring, and especially were children are involved. In my despair, I threw myself onto God with complete abandon.
When you invite God into your life, things begin to happen and He begins to rewrite your future. The Lord taught me many things through these trials, especially that He was all that He claimed to be; that He was indeed Jehovah El-Shaddai and Jehovah Jireh – God Almighty and All Sufficient as revealed to Abraham; that He was Jehovah Shammah – the Lord who is present here and now as revealed to Ezekiel. These were ‘God Moments’ but little did I realise at the time that many more hardships and adversities where to follow in the years ahead, along with many more ‘God Moments’ but all of them served to increase my understanding and deepen my faith as I endeavoured to run the race like a true disciple.
The message here is simple – our God is All Sufficient. With him the cruise of oil never runs dry. By His Word, He causes water to gush forth out of a rock. He multiplies the few loaves and fishes, and the unexpected turns up as did the ram to Abraham. Let us all take heart as we deal with life’s unexpected challenges, and let us not forget that whatever our need or deficiency, God is the true supplier, the source of all we shall ever need, for He is El Shaddai – the God of All Sufficiency
Jack has been a faithful member of the Free Methodist Church for 34 years, spending many of those years in leadership. He lives in Lancashire, UK, and has recently celebrated 60 years as being a Christian! Find our more about Jack and the story behind Jack’s corner: Treasures of the Word here.