We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

An All Sufficient God

I was reading Genesis 17 the other day and found God’s demand upon Abraham “to be thou perfect,” to be quite unrealistic. If I heard God telling me to be perfect . . . well, I would do what Abraham did. Genesis 17 says he fell on his face and was silent! Now why would God give any man such an unachievable standard to live by?

When I find passages of Scripture that seem contrary to the character of God, I just can’t let it go until I can find some resolve. So I decided to take another look at Genesis 17, and there it was!

Before God tells Abraham to be perfect, He first tells him that He is God Almighty! God Almighty means the all Powerful One–the all Sufficient One. You see, living perfectly depends completely on God’s all sufficiency. What makes this interesting is what happened in Abraham’s life in the previous two chapters–he took a second wife and had a child and completely messed up his family! He lost sight of God’s all-sufficiency.

What a lesson this is for me! I am reminded that “Faithful is he who calls you, who will also do it.” Abraham’s ability to have a child when he was 100 years old was God’s challenge–not Abraham’s–because He really is “all sufficient” for all things.

Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 3:34 am  Leave a Comment