The final post for the study of the Names of God has been a long time coming. I don’t like when great things come to an end and this study has spurred me into a deeper, more satisfying walk with the Lord. I do not want that to end, hence the reason I am continuing to study the names of God with Kay Arthur’s book Lord, I Want to Know You.
In the final week of this study, we looked at the Names of Sufficiency. The definition alone is something to reflect upon. “Sufficiency: a sufficient amount; large enough supply, plenty, adequate, ample.” That is who God is, is it not? Our All-Sufficient God is our Redeemer, our Rock, our Shepherd, our Portion, and our Exceeding Joy. He is everything we need. There is no one greater and no one that we need more. He is our everything!
If you are a believer in Christ, then you have been bought by His blood and you are redeemed from hell and brought into a new, full life that begins now and lasts for eternity. Not only are you redeemed from eternal damnation, but from your sins, your rebellious life, from trouble, and from so much more. You have been redeemed for a purpose and not just some little rinky, dink purpose, but for a great and awesome plan.
God is my Rock. He is the mighty fortress that I can turn to in times of trouble and when I am scared. I love that God does not get tired like I do. No matter how many times the same thing frightens me; I can run to God. I don’t have to wait and stay paralyzed in fear. I can turn to my Rock and know that I am safe. So can you.
The Lord is my Shepherd. He refreshes, guides, protects, and comforts. He pours out blessing after blessing. The Lord is the One and Only God who will not let me or you down.
The Lord is my portion and my cup can always be full and running over. I know there are times when my cup of joy is on empty and my plate of responsibilities is piled high, yet God’s Word promises that He alone is my portion. No matter what needs to be accomplished in my day, I can turn to God for strength and for encouragement. He is my portion and if I choose Him first then He will shepherd my steps for the day and I will not feel empty or undone. He is my portion. My needs are completely met in Him and by Him. Are you allowing God to meet your needs today? Open your heart to what He desires for you today.
Finally, God is my exceeding joy. Nothing gives me greater joy than worshiping and serving the Lord. I believe this is because as I focus on Him my joy and love for Him grows. Nothing and no one makes me happier than God does. Sometimes He uses His people and His blessings to do so and sometimes He lets me see just how much He loves me through reading His word. Whenever I grow closer to the Lord my joy increases. Sometimes it is in simple obedience that the biggest lessons are learned and the joy overflows. What are you filling your life with right now? Do you know God as your exceeding joy today? If not spend some time with the Lord today. Search your concordance and find verses on joy or read John 14-17 and see the love that God has for you. May your joy increase as your love for God grows.