…he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. (Hebrews 1:3)
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)
God is a sustaining God. His strength is all I need for every situation. By his commands, he sustains me.
Paul desired relief from a God given limitation; three times he asked for deliverance. God’s response was simple, “My grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 2:7-10). Why the limitation? Wouldn’t God want his children free from such limitations and fully free to live and work? Yes, to a point. The point in Paul’s situation was pride. He was given the limitation to keep him from becoming proud; he says it twice in these verses.
To keep me from becoming proud, God gave me ____________ AND grace to sustain.
This raises another question: how can I know what is really inside me? How is God’s work not only sustaining but revealing? I believe He not only reveals Himself to us but ourselves to us through His Word.
So, I must be still and get to know Him (Psalm 46:10). I must cease striving and let Him reveal how He is sustaining me, leading me to victory through the battles and limitations I face.
Lord, You are the Great Sustainer with your words and through your Word. Thank you that I can cease striving and depend on you totally. I trust you and surrender to you.