He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
The last and greatest lesson that the soul has to learn is the fact that God and God alone, is enough for all its needs. This is the lesson that all His dealings with us are meant to teach; and this is the crowning discovery of our whole Christian life. God is enough!1
— Hannah Whitall Smith
I believe that Hannah Whitall Smith was correct when she boldly asserted that the last and greatest lesson we must learn is the total sufficiency of God and God alone. It is last because it signifies that we have made the paramount decision to acknowledge and trust God for who He is—the supreme, everlasting, almighty God of the universe. We can thereafter rest in the power and care of our sovereign God who graciously and wisely gives us all things needful. It is the greatest lesson because our hearts are restless and our souls incomplete without the One who created us.
Blaise Pascal, seventeenth-century Christian philosopher, observed, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”2 Until we allow God to fill this vacuum in our hearts, we will spend our lives searching for something to satisfy our emptiness. We will forfeit experiencing the fullness and richness of God’s grace, presence, and plan for us.
The purpose of our study is to discern the truth that only God can fulfill us and sufficiently provide what is truly necessary for our good and fulfillment. This is the ultimate lesson and one that is worth all our determination and commitment to learn—for it is, indeed, the crowning discover of our whole Christian life.
The God Above All Gods
- A prayer found in one of my favorite books addresses the Lord in this way: “In the beginning Thou, the Uncreated, Making all things out of nothing…”3 The first time I read these words, I was startled by the author’s address to the “Uncreated,” and then I realized that it is the perfect description of God—only the Uncreated could become the Creator. What further observations about God’s supremacy can be learned from these verses?
It is God’s power as Creator of everything in the universe that first and foremost establishes His claim to be the only God. No one else can perform this feat of creation. No one else can make something out of nothing.4
— Mike Mason
- Revelation 4:11 tells us, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (KJV). It was for God’s pleasure that He created all things, and His last and most noble act of creation was man and woman—made in His own image. Read Genesis 1:26-28 and 2:15-25. Describe God’s creation and plan for His children.
- Allen ross commented, “Being in God’s image means that humans share, though imperfectly and finitely, in God’s nature, that is, in His communicable attributes (life, personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, justice), and so have the capacity for spiritual fellowship with Him.”5 How do these verses express God’s desire to be personally involved with us?
Thou awakes us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless until it repose in Thee.6
— Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
Augustine, an early Christian theologian, reiterates Pascal’s thought that only God can fulfill our needs. As you consider Augustine’s and Pascal’s statements, record your thoughts regarding the ways you agree or disagree with their observations.
Cynthia Heald is the author of a number of books and Bible studies. She speaks frequently for women’s conferences and seminars nationally and internationally. She loves to share the Word of God, spend time with her husband and family, take bubble baths, have tea parties, and eat out.