Wednesday, June 04, 2014

GOD’S REIGN: His Sufficiency

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  (Luke 1:47) 
Being supreme in Who He is God is sufficient in what He does.  Mary calls Him, “God my Savior.” The mother of Jesus needed salvation—as we all do.  Despite the false teaching of Rome that makes Mary into a source of redemption, rather than a recipient of it, it is clear that she was a sinner as we all are.  But, the good news is that God has provided for that.  His grace is sufficient, and that is a theme in her song.

God is sufficient to give us Mercy.  “And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50)  Mercy means we don’t get what we deserve.  As sinners what we deserve is everlasting damnation, but God spares us of that because of the sacrifice of His Son.
God is also sufficient to grant us His Might.  “He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.” (Luke 1:51) The Almighty has enough power for even the weakest of the weak.  Certainly, there was no power inherent in a young peasant teen like Mary.  That wasn’t even an issue with God on her side.  Bible teacher, Warren Wiersbe noted, “God was not only mindful of her, He was mighty for her.”  Let the proud heart of man lead him to shake his fist in the face of God, and seek to overthrow God’s purposes—as King Herod would attempt when Christ was born—and God will sweep them away as chaff driven by the wind.  Resistance is futile!  God laughs at such (see Psalm 2).

Furthermore, God is sufficient to grace us with His Majesty.  “He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.” (Luke 1:52).   God lowers those who are deceived into thinking they are somebody into nobody and lifts the nobodies into somebodies!  Mary would be an example of those believers which make up the fellowship of the foolish (as the world evaluates us).
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” (1 Cor.1:26-31)
Then, God is sufficient to give us His Ministry.  “He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty.  He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.” (Luke 1:53-55)   I am referring to His ministry to His people.   We read in the Old Testament how God fed Israel in the wilderness with manna from heaven.  If He has to send a raven with some bread for the prophet Elijah, He will—and He did.  Of course, the ministry we need most is for our spiritual hunger.  Jesus satisfies the soul as the Bread of Life.  Only He can do that.  But, to be full of the things of this world is to be sent away to a bottomless pit of endless hunger and thirst.  Which category do we fit in?


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