Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Walk-on Wednesday - God’s Adequacy, Our Inadequacy - Martin Wiles

Welcome to Walk-on Wednesday. By Hump Day, we are struggling, but we believe a good devotion can strengthen us to finish the week strong. 

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. John 6:11 NLT

Adequacy is the state of having enough or being satisfied.

For some, this means being able to afford the latest play toys: cell phone, television, Xbox, iPod, gun, golf clubs, or sports paraphernalia. Others measure it by how many of life’s pleasures they can purchase and enjoy. Cars, boats, houses, vacation homes, jet skis, motorcycles. Yet, others have learned to find adequacy in life’s simple things.

Five thousand plus people clamored around Jesus. Some wanted healing, some were simply curious, and some loved his teachings. As darkness threatened, food became a concern. Searching the crowd, the disciples could find only a young lad with five loaves of bread and two small fish. Sitting the crowd down in groups, Jesus used what appeared to be inadequate and made it sufficient by multiplying the elements and feeding the entire multitude.

Inadequacy is never a problem when God is in control. My inadequacy may seem enormous, but God can take my little and make it adequate for any task he assigns. He dispenses gifts and talents to his children, but without depending on his adequacy, I’m inadequate to use them properly or to their fullest extent. God’s Spirit residing in me is my Source of adequacy for all life’s challenges.  

Thinking we’re more adequate than we are leads to pride, a characteristic repeatedly rebuked in God’s Word. A more honorable quality is humility, which is praised on numerous occasions in the same place.

Humility admits our inadequacy while pride will lead us to think we’re adequate without God’s assistance. As Jesus challenged the disciples’ faith level by telling them to feed five thousand plus hungry people with the meager meal from the small boy, so admitting our inadequacy allows God to challenge, strengthen, and grow our faith as well.

When we recognize God is our adequacy, the impossible becomes possible.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that Your grace and strength are adequate for any situation we face and for any duty You disperse. 

Tweetable: Is God your adequacy...or things? 

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