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DEVOTION//Enough

DEVOTION//Enough

Do you have enough?

Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937) was the first billionaire in the United States. He founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870 and ran it until 1897. He remained its largest shareholder. At its height, Standard Oil

controlled 90% of all oil in the United States. It also exerted enormous influence over the railroad industry.

A newspaper reported asked this wealthiest person in the world, “How much money is enough?”

Rockefeller replied, “Just a little bit more.”

The Apostle Paul

The Apostle Paul had a different answer.

I have learned to be content in any circumstances in which I find myself. I know what it is to live in humble circumstances, and I know what it is to have more than enough. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, while being full or hungry, while having plenty or not enough. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me…. My God will fully supply your every need, according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:11-13,19).

Glorious riches

As much as we might yearn to have a little more money, a little better car, a little bigger house, a little newer wardrobe, even a little better health, God's grace in Jesus assures us we need nothing more. God's "glorious riches in Christ Jesus" guarantees that he will provide more than adequately for us as we live this side of heaven.

Those "glorious riches in Christ Jesus," riches won for us on Good Friday's cross and distributed to us at Easter's tomb, guarantees our God must always provide for us in the best way and at the best time. Our safe status is beyond doubt, "In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us" (Ephesians 1:7-8).

Fully supplied

Because of the "glorious riches [we have] in Christ Jesus," we are assured our "God will fully supply [our] every need." Because of those "glorious riches," we know "the secret of being content in any and every situation." Because of those "glorious riches," we "can do all things [that is, cope with anything] through Christ, who strengthens [us]."

No matter what our circumstances, God's gift to us of "his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" guarantees we have enough.