Is All That We Lack . . . And More
foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is
stronger than men
(1 Corinthians 1:25).
As our perfect and
infinite Creator, God is everything that we are not.
God is the Answer to our every question, the Sufficiency who can supply
all our needs. Perhaps our greatest need, then, is to recognize
our need and to seek in God the perfection that we don’t find in
ourselves. God is all that we lack . . . and God is even much more than
If there is one thing that
is obvious about us, it is that we are incomplete. Whether we speak of
our needs and our longings or we put it in terms of our tendency toward
growth and development, somehow we are always using language that
implies our imperfection. We are, as we say, a “work in progress.” There
are things about us that we need but do not yet have.
Whatever these things are
that we need, God is all of these. There is no necessity that God cannot
meet; there is no hole in our hearts that God cannot fill. God is
everything that we lack.
But in a sense, God is
also the only thing we lack. There is nothing that we really
need except God! Whatever other needs we may think we have, these are
but manifestations and reminders of that which is our only true need. We
were made for fellowship with our Creator. Without that, we’d not be
content even if we had all the rest of the world combined. But if we
do have that, we find that we’re able to do without, if necessary,
any of the other things we thought we had to have, including even
physical life itself. Our having been created by God means simply this:
God is all that we truly have to have. Anything else is a
But there is, in fact, a
great deal of bonus in God’s dealings with us. God is all that we lack,
and God is also much more. One of the most marvelous aspects of God’s
nature is God’s bounty. God is a God whose grace super‑abounds and
overflows. When we drink at God’s fountain, God not only quenches our
thirst, but God gives us additional gifts. We are told that God is
“able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”
(Ephesians 3:20). Our Maker is a God who takes great delight in
surprising us with the riches of God’s infinite goodness.
satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.
...A. W. Tozer