The classroom is an excellent place to be. One learns so much in such a place, but you can’t stay there forever. Life requires you to venture out and live. But because none of us have the memory of an elephant, we forget things and we need to return to the classroom of life again and again.
For the Christian, the Bible has all the lessons we need, but if you’re like me you wonder at times “Is this really true?” I can remember countless times finding myself in a conflict. Angry at someone who wronged me, denying the urge to revenge and embracing the escapist mentality. I run away and go do something else that will consume my mind in hopes of drowning my anxieties in worthless busyness. The other extreme can be equally useless, that of immediately spouting off the tongue with the emotions of the moment. In so being reactionary we often harm those we love.
If we truly believe that the Bible is true, and what it says about itself is true, than Christ is sufficient for everything. That trustworthy statement could have transformed so many situations for me. Instead of running away or instead of giving full vent to my tongue, with self-control I could have brought my situation to the Lord and humbly ask His wisdom in the matter.
He is so sufficient! Isn’t it funny how we do this. In the moment we say, “My temper can’t handle thinking about anything but alcohol right now, so I’ll just take a sip…..but Jesus? NO! I need something here and now!” It’s like we forget stories like how God saved the Isrealites from the Egyptians, or how God delivered Israel in countless battles, or consider this verse that epitomizes the suffiiciency of God for us on into eternity.
“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” – Revelations 21:22-23
This is talking about heaven, when John the apostle saw Jerusalem descending onto earth he noticed there was no temple, and no need for the sun and moon. In other words, the Glory of God and the presence of the Lamb, which is Jesus Christ, will be our sufficiency and true good. There will be no need to offer sacrifices anymore, no need to worry about things done in the hurry of the day or the necessity of rest at night. There will be no more sin, no death, no more pain. God will be our sufficiency in the most amazing way!!
This is not just hope we have for the future, but an echo for the present. We are fallen creatures and not perfect yet, as Christ is, but even so God extends his sufficiency to us who will take it. And grasp it and cling to it we ought. Like a floundering drowning sailor at sea swims and clings to a floating board of wood, so we too must struggle against pride and selfish-ness and anything that might hinder us from humbly reaching out to the ever-sufficient hand of God.
“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17