When You Don’t Have Enough…


“I can’t do it. I don’t have enough.”

I sat in the car, crying out to God, daunted by the task that lay ahead.

The next day I was going to be leading a camp for teenagers. It was the first time I had taken on the task and I had always known it was going to stretch me, but God had made it clear that he wanted me to do it and, over the past few months, he had helped everything come together.

Now though, the enormity of the task became overwhelmingly real, and I was conscious of my own inadequacies.

I knew I didn’t have enough– I didn’t have enough wisdom, I didn’t have enough energy, I didn’t have enough faith. I didn’t see how I could do all I had to do to make it through the week, and I began to wonder if the whole thing had been a big mistake.

But as I sat there, God’s answer came quickly, and it revealed an important truth: I didn’t need to have enough to make it through the week. I only needed to have enough for right now, for this moment.

He brought to mind the widow who helped Elijah. She never had an abundance of flour and oil, she never had an ample supply for the week ahead or even for the rest of the day- she only ever had enough for the next meal.

But she had a promise:

“For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”  (1 Kings 17:14 NLT)

And as she trusted that promise and stepped out in faith, as she poured out what she had, God provided all that she needed.

He was asking me to do the same- to move forward, knowing that I didn’t have enough, but trusting that he would provide what I needed when I needed it.

It seems to be the way with God’s provision.

Just as the widow only had enough for one more meal, the manna supplied for the Israelites as they journeyed through the wilderness was never a long-term supply for the future, but only enough for that day, and Jesus told his disciples to pray for their “daily bread,” not for a week’s supply.

I think God often provides in this way because it keeps us close to him, and it reminds us of our dependence on him and the source of our provision. He calls us to trust him not just once, but each and every day. If we had an abundant supply it would be far too easy to take it for granted, to begin to rely on ourselves, to forget that our provision comes from God.

It also provides a chance to exercise our faith. If we fail to trust, we will stockpile what we have, afraid to use it in case our supply runs out, but if we do that we’ll miss out, because it’s only as we trust God, as we use our “not enough” and hand it over to him that we get to see how he can use it.

If the widow had clung to the oil and flour she had, she would never have seen it multiply, but as she stepped out in faith she experienced a miracle that restored her hope when she had been at the point of giving up.

In the end it’s not so much about what we have as whether we are willing to give it to God. We may look at what we have and feel that it is insufficient, but God is faithful to his promises, and in his hands our “not enough” can become plenty.

A week after that moment in the car with God, a second followed. I had made it to the end of the camp and it had been a success. It had not been without its challenges, but God had provided all that we needed- one step at a time.

As I arrived home and parked the car, suddenly it began to rain- a torrential downpour so heavy that there was no way I was stepping out of the car until it eased off. And as I sat there, God’s promise came back to me and underlined again the lesson that I needed to learn that week. You will have all that you need “until the time when the Lord sends rain.”

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42 thoughts on “When You Don’t Have Enough…

  1. Lesley, it is so important to remember this lesson. He gives us our daily bread – what we need for today, for this moment. We often quote Matthew 6:33 but we should not stop there but remember … “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (verse 34, NLT). And He will give us all we need to handle tomorrow. Grateful to have stopped here today!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! That’s a great word for the year- I’m sure God will reveal amazing things to you as you focus on it. Praying that you’ll know him give you enough for all you have to do today!


  2. God’s lovingkindness! Thanks for sharing this story, Lesley, and the truth of God’s Word. I just read about “having only our daily bread” the other day, too. So thankful for daily opportunity to rely on the Lord who so faithfully provides!

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  3. Finally coming to the end of ourselves and admitting we don’t have what it takes is a huge relief, Lesley. And as we speak what is true about where we are, God is able to come in and do those ‘more than we can ask or imagine’ miracles that we’re craving.

    Thanks for this needed reminder. It’s just way to easy to try to plow ahead in our own strength, only to be disappointed yet once again.

    Blessings, friend …

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Yes, I think often admitting we don’t have enough and we can’t do it by ourselves is the key to experiencing God’s strength in our weakness. It is easy to keep trying to do it ourselves though- there are definitely times when I need to be quicker to turn to him. Blessings to you too!


  4. Awesome post Lesley. I especially like “I only needed to have enough for right now, for this moment.” An uplifting and liberating truth! Especially because this moment is all we can really count on anyway. God is good to lead us one step at a time. Thanks for that great reminder!

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  5. This is something the Lord has been whispering to me these last couple of weeks, too. God has brought the story of the daily bread to mind on countless occasions, reminding me I don’t have to have tomorrow figured out to live fully today. I just need to faithfully steward today’s fullness. But I’m a planner at heart, so I struggle…. Thanks for this beautiful reminder! Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Yes, I’m a planner too. I’d be much happier knowing I had a week’s supply (at least) of whatever I needed! It’s a process of learning to trust God to provide as we need it.

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  6. Amen to the lesson you taught today. In my Bible study of Priscilla Shirer’s Discerning the Voice of God, she covered the same thing you just wrote about. She speaks about focusing on the present rather than the past or future so you don’t miss out on what is right in front of you. Thank you for affirming her words. Blessings on your week!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I love when we hear the same thing from a few different places and we know it’s something God wants us to take on board. Hope you have a great week too!


  7. I love this, Lesley. Thank you for such an encouraging reminder that God will always give us “enough for right now.” God’s grace story to the widow has often strengthened my heart, too. God was surely with you, even in bringing that pouring rain to bring that lesson deeper. Love and hugs to you!

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  8. Lesley, such a beautiful post. Our God is faithful to provide what we need in the moment. And yes, it does seem to be moment-by-moment provision that God gives us. I’m with you, I think He wants us to depend on Him each moment.

    And this: “In the end it’s not so much about what we have as whether we are willing to give it to God.” This is the second half of God’s provision. When we give Him what we have, He multiplies is and uses it and continues to give. He wants us willing to offer up what we think we have though, doesn’t He?

    Loved your words here, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne! Yes, I think God wants us to offer him what we have, even when we don’t feel it’s enough, and it’s when we step out and do that we see him use it and multiply it to provide all we need.

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  9. We continue to live in a season of lack, and this particularly struck me this morning, “You will have all that you need “until the time when the Lord sends rain.””. Thank you for this truth.

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    1. Thanks, Anita! I can try to be too independent as well at times. I think it’s the times we realise we don’t have enough that we turn to God and that’s when we see his power at work.


  10. A couple of things really stood out to me here. First, about our needs for the day, the present. How often I lament not having enough just like you Lesley. But then your wise words of it’s not what we have but are we willing to give it to God. Wow! That’s the one I need to contemplate. Thank you.

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  11. Lesley,
    I can relate to the overwhelming feelings sometimes that overtakes us before a big challenge and how difficult it is to just take the next step. I get impatient and want to see the big picture in front of me instead of waiting for God to fill me with what I need just for today. Even though we experience it over and over (as you did with your camp experience) we still doubt and need to be reminded that we do everything in his strength and not our own! xoxo

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  12. Lesley,
    Just beautiful! I love how you point out that God only gives us our daily bread, manna, etc. to keep us close to Him and dependent upon His mercy and love. Knowing us, we’d grab a month’s worth and leave God in the dust. He knows us and He knows what He’s doing, now it’s up to us to trust, rely, and depend upon him one day at a time. Great post!
    Bev xx

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  13. Thank you for this, Lesley. I needed this reminder today—that I don’t need to know how to do all that He asks me to do, I just need enough for today. He’s so faithful. Beautiful post, friend. ((hug))

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