He is all in all to me,
And my song of songs shall be,
Hallelujah, O My Savior,
I am trusting only Thee.
One evening several years ago when troubled about a particular matter, I sat at the dining room table and picked up my Bible.
I turned to a little book near the back and read through 1 Peter, thinking the old fisherman might have an encouraging word for me. When I got to the last chapter, I came across verse 7: "casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you." It was a verse I knew well, indeed had memorized it; but now I saw something I'd never seen before. It said: "casting ALL your care upon Him." The Divine Author could easily have omitted the word all without hindering the flow or force of the text: casting your care upon Him. But the Lord deliberately dropped that little all into the sentence like a pearl in the pathway, and I had overlooked it for years.
But what a word! The "all" indicated this was an all-inclusive promise. Nothing is excluded from the invitation. No problem is too small for His notice, none too large for His power. He's concerned about each and every problem I have or would ever have, public or personal, large or little. He can handle them, and I should give them all to Him in total trust.
Then a thought came to me. I wondered if there were other "alls" in the Bible that I'd missed. Continuing my reading, I noticed three verses later that God is "the God of all grace." Four verses later: "Peace to all of you." Three verses down the column, in 2 Peter 1:3, I read, "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us" (NKJV).
Looking up the word in a concordance, I was amazed to find 5,675 "alls" in the Bible. This word shows up in a remarkable number of verses, and it amplifies many of our greatest truths, commands, and promises:
The Lord doesn't waste words in His Book. In the verses above, the alls could easily have been left out; yet there they are. Seems it's one of God's favorite words. He used it thousands of times, often in passages that would have read nicely without it; yet the all maximizes the meaning to the absolute. It's the largest little word in the world, taking already-strong statements and broadening their applications to virtual infinity, which, after all, is what one would expect from an omnipotent Father.
The frequency of this word in Scripture speaks to the all-sufficient grace of our Almighty Savior. It highlights the infinite omniqualities of God, and the complete devotion we should afford Him. He is the Lord of All, our All-in-All, our Almighty God, our All-Sufficient Savior from whom All blessings flow; and He is All we need.
Looking up all these alls was the simplest Bible study I've ever done, but one of the most bolstering to the soul, because all Scripture is given by inspiration of God—even the thousands of occurrences of this little monosyllabic term.
So for each day of the year, I've selected an "all" from Scripture—365 of them, all told.
The other 5,310 occurrences you'll have to dig out for yourself.
God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV)
Missionary Amy Carmichael attended a meeting featuring the renowned preacher Dr. Andrew Bonar. "He was very old and could not speak very plainly or strongly," she recalled. "The hall was full, and I was near the back. I could not catch a single word he said, except this word all. He read 2 Corinthians 9:8 and he put every bit of strength he had into it, so that the one word rang out—all—always—all—all. I have forgotten thousands of great sermons, but that 'all' I have never forgotten, and it has helped me countless times."
The context of this verse involves giving to the Lord's work, yet the promise is larger than its context. The words God is able represent a recurring divine promise:
Our God is able! Throughout this year, He isn't going to impart some grace or some sufficiency in some things for some good works. It's all—all—all—all!