All Things Work
It had been a hectic morning, and I felt like I was losing my mind. Even when I turned to my Bible, I couldn’t remember the reference to one of the most beloved verses of encouragement—“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” Where was it? Where was it?
Pulling up my electronic Bible, I did a search with the words “all things work.”
There were far more entries than I expected, but in addition to the reference that I had originally sought (Romans 8:28), this reference from 2 Corinthians 9:8 also caught my attention. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” Because of the words I had used for my search, unexpected emphasis appeared in the bolded search words—
God gives us ALL grace: It is 100% grace that He gives us—no additives, fillers or preservatives, just 100% pure grace. And it is 100% of the grace we need for whatever we face. We will never encounter a situation in which God gives us only 60 or 75% of the grace we need, while we have to make up the rest. No, it’s always there for the asking—the never-ending supply of His divine strength.
By His grace, we will have ALL sufficiency for the things God has called us to do. And yes, He knew exactly what He was doing when He chose you and me for those specific tasks that are before us. Can we see areas in which we are still very obviously lacking in our “sufficiency”? Of course! But God wants us to depend on the sufficiency that only He can provide. So we can be sure that anything we truly lack to fulfill His will, He will supply at just the right time.
By God’s grace, we will be completely sufficient for ALL THINGS He has called us to do—not that we’ll become superheroes, able to accomplish everything on our own. But with delegation, proper allotment of the resources God gives, and absolute dependence on His grace, we will have the emotional, physical, and mental resources and abilities necessary to sufficiently handle the tasks He sets before us. (Note—God’s provision is for the things He gives us to do. He never promised we would be able to accomplish the insane amount of extra work we set for ourselves.)
The grace and sufficiency God gives is intended to prepare us for good WORK. Here are just a few of the definitions (among others) that Dictionary.com gives for the word work—a word that we usually consider a negative thing:
- exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil
- productive or operative activity
- to act or operate effectively
While God gives His grace and sufficiency for the specific purpose of His work, it also requires our effort. When we strive to accomplish God’s purposes, we are participating in His good work and experiencing its benefits first-hand—both in the good He gives through the working (process) and in the accomplishment (end result). And since we know that as a loving Father, God gives only good things, we also know that even the work He gives us to accomplish is a gift from His hand.
It had been a hectic morning, and I still felt like pieces of my mind were disappearing into the ether, but God was speaking with a “still, small voice.” Suddenly I wasn’t facing my whirlwind of frantic activity alone any more. In His wisdom, He had already begun equipping me with all of the grace and sufficiency in all things that I needed to accomplish His good work—I simply needed a reminder.