Then I wouldn’t have to wonder how I was going to pay my bills. Man, I wouldn’t even have to go to work. I wouldn’t have to rely on anyone else to help me with anything. Sure, I would tithe on it. I would use a lot of it to help other people. I would bless my church. But most of all, it would be nice to just be completely self-sufficient.
And every step toward self-sufficiency is a step away from God…
I have four children, and my goal is to raise them up to be self-sufficient. They need to come to the point where they can live without me, where they can have their own homes and their own children. And someday, they will have to live without me.
I did the same with my parents. I moved out and never looked back. I am self-sufficient apart from my parents.
But this is where our Heavenly Father is different. There is no such thing as self-sufficiency apart from God. We never “grow up” and become independent from God.
Every step toward self-sufficiency is a step away from God.
That’s why I think God has given us all weaknesses. They are a gift from our Father! That’s right, listen again…weaknesses are a gift from our Father.
Why would God give us weaknesses and call it a gift? Because when we are weak, we need Him. When we are weak, we call out to Him. When we are weak, He can work in our lives.
When we moved to Florida, some friends of ours gave us a beautiful roll-top desk…real wood, too! It is now officially the nicest thing we own. Anyway, I love it and I hate it. I love it for the obvious reasons, but I hate it because it is now our “bill-paying” desk. I always feel weak when I approach that desk. And one day I was praying about this particular weakness, and God reminded me of the Bible verse that says, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” So I posted it there for myself on the desk.
And as bad as I want to have full control…I need to remember this little saying, “Every step toward self-sufficiency is a step away from God.”
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Doug, your thoughts in this short article are well articulated and give an enlightened perspective on a topic many may dream about- becoming financially sufficient. This article made looking at self-sufficiency in the right perspective. Thanks