Scarcity to Sufficiency

…fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”  

– Proverbs 4:25,26

I don’t know about you, but I do alarm clock math almost every single time I go to bed. You know, it’s that calculation you perform when you realize that you have to get up at six and that you stayed up a little later than you thought you would because you were watching your favorite show. You count your projected sleep and realize that you are only going to get six hours. From that point on, you start thinking about ways you can add a little bit more, like maybe skipping your shower or hitting the snooze button. In essence, you tell yourself you are going to wake up tired before you even go to sleep.

Lynn Twist wrote a book in which she described perfectly the feelings that many of us feel. She said, “for me and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is oh, I didn’t get enough sleep. The next one is I don’t have enough time. Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying because we don’t have enough. Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the ground, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get or what we didn’t get done that day, and we go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to the reverie of lack. This internal condition of scarcity, this mindset of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice and our arguments with life.”

Thankfully, in the Kingdom of God, we don’t have to exist subject to thoughts of lack. In Jesus, we have the power to change our minds and our thinking. We can live from a place of gratitude that consistently confesses, “I am more than enough and I have more than enough.”


God, help me to transform my thinking from scarcity to sufficiency. I believe that you are with me and that in you, I will always have more than enough.


Do you often start your day with wrong thoughts? If so, how can you align your mind with the truth of God’s abundance?

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4 Responses

  1. What a blessing to me this message is this morning. I had just finished my own scripture reading of Proverbs 4 and had paused at verses 25 and 26. I was comforted by God’s assurance that if I keep my life on his path, all will turn out as it should. Anyways, for more nourishment, I went to your morning devotional and found the same scripture being addressed.
    I love it when God aligns things for me; others think it coincidence or serendipity, but I recognize it as God’s helping me along. Such a comfort and thank you for being God’s instrument.

  2. I do this all the time, I think If I’m short of 8 hours, I won’t be able to work as well. But sometimes I’m fully restored after a good 6 hours. I hate having that spirit of lack mentally.

  3. I really don’t start out my day with wrong thinking / wrong thoughts for that I do start out my days by reading my personal devotions in the Word of GOD , then I spend quality time with The LORD by praying & seeking Him daily! By knowing that when we you us do the biblical principle by tithing & giving to GOD with faith believing that my our financial reaping harvest of GOD’s Abundance with the overflow that God will bless us so that We can bless & help other people in need on a daily basis this year & beyond ’til the second coming of the LORD Jesus Christ!

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