God Is Sufficient!

Apparently there are folks who teach that God created Eve because He found some kind of a void in Adam.  I myself have been told before that “God was not enough for Adam.” Hence the creation of Eve.

I don’t buy this line of reasoning.  My explanation is below.

In Philippians 4:11-13, the apostle Paul, who was single said the following:

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

That word, content, comes from the Greek, αὐτάρκηςautarkeis, which in Paul’s usage more aptly means God-sufficient. God-sufficient is similar in thought to content, but is obviously is not quite the same. Paul basically borrowed the term from the Greek philosophers (e.g. the Stoics) among whom it carried much currency, and added a Christian spin to it.

My point is this. Buddhists/Stoics/Modern-day-pundits say that the secret to contentment is to vanquish all your desires. If you stop having desires, you stop being discontent.

Paul however says that you can have your desires be unmet and at the same time be content. You can have desires/wants side by side with contentment. Why? Because for Paul, contentment is really God-sufficiency. It originates with God. God-sufficiency – that is how autarkeis is best translated.

This relates to voids which are distinct from desires/wants but fall in the same ballpark of discussion. And …

My point is that it is God who always fills voids in our lives.

In theory – we ought never to be in a state of void – Why? Because either God will directly fulfill our voids or He will use a secondary means – like a person or a book or hobby or something else to fulfill you.

THEORY: So fallen-ness not being a bar,  in theory – we will only be in one of TWO states:

(1) One where God is directly meeting all your needs
OR
(2) where God is using a means – someone(s) or something(s) to fill the void.

There is no 3rd state. At any given moment, it is (1) or (2).

W.R.T. (1) consider:  “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” ~ 1 Peter 5:10

W.R.T. (2) consider: “21 ‘In that day I will respond,’ declares the LORD — ‘I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; 22 and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and the olive oil,and they will respond to Jezreel.'”  ~ Hosea 2:21-24

Adam either was having His needs being met directly by God OR he was having his needs met through Eve (God’s provision). What about what the text says about there being no suitable helper for Adam – Can we infer a void or a desire?

~ We cannot infer a void – that cannot be possible because Adam had a person to person talking relationship with God. What can be better than that?
~ We can infer a desire – but desires and contentment can coexist in a Christian side by side on account of God sufficiency. No void here

Woman at the Well

Take a look at the passage of the Samaritan Woman – she was filling her voids with multiple husbands… not one person could take her out of her this-worldly samsara. The void continued.  Only Jesus could slake her thirst. Only the Bread of Life can fill a human being’s hunger.

The point is as we walk with God, our needs are always met – either directly or through some secondary means, so voids are voided out of our lives … I know – easier said than done or rather – experienced. We are yet still sinners on the long road of sanctification.

One last thought: It is often argued that the Scriptures are sufficient. Amen! Obviously then the God who gave us Scriptures is sufficient.

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