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Is God Enough?

This is a question that I have been personally walking through with God.  As I experience the difficulties of life and seeing others walking through tragic times, it has caused me to really examine this simple truth that should be a “no brainer” question. 

Is God enough as you struggle with the ongoing pain of losing a loved one?
Is God’s provision enough when you lose yet another job?
Is God’s presence enough when your integrity is questioned based upon lies that were told about you?
Is God’s grace enough to cover my sins and, are His redemptive powers enough to deliver me from those same sins?
Is God’s approval of how I live my life enough when others don’t value my efforts?

This list could be endless and I’m sure if you are honest, you could add to it.  The obvious answer is YES, of course He is enough!  I can even speak those words and fully desire to believe them, but making it a reality? Well, right now it is a journey God and I are taking together.  The timing is interesting though.  When I signed up, months ago, to write the blog for this week, I knew I’d be writing about Easter activities to do with your children that share the true meaning of Easter or writing a continuation of an evangelism testimony that I recently gave due to the large number of responses I’ve had in regards to that.  Never in my mind, did I think that I would be vulnerably writing about a journey that God and I are currently on.  But God knows all things and sets all things in motion, so He knew that I would reluctantly be writing about this topic instead of the other two topics that would have been easier and even more comfortable. 

When I’m struggling with something, I try to start with what I know to be true in a situation, then move from there to what I’m questioning.  Many times, what I already know to be true answers some or all of my doubts or questions.  Within this area of God being enough, I can logically know that He is because I can read it in His word and His word is truth Psalm 4:3 says, You can be sure of this:  The Lord set apart the godly for Himself.  The Lord will answer when I call to Him.  I also know that God is enough because I have experienced this truth several times in my life previously.  I can look back in my prayer journals, which serve as my stones of remembrance (see Joshua 4:1-9) and see how He has proven Himself faithful in the difficult times in my life, even when at the time, I had no hope of how He would prevail.  Second Corinthians 1:8-9 says, We think you ought to know dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia.  We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die.  But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 

So, after establishing this foundation, I’m currently in the process of flooding myself with His truth, so that I can move from logically knowing this Truth to experientially knowing this Truth.  When I refer to flooding myself, I mean I am actively seeking Him, by any and all means possible, to provide me evidence that He is enough.  I’m constantly praying for Him to reveal this truth to me.  I also pray that He would show me more and more examples in His Word that I can cling to, which He faithfully does.  I continually listen to Christian music (loudly) and have focused on songs like:  How He Loves, Strength of my Life, Remade, Praise You in this Storm and Someone Worth Dying For.  In response to my prayers, He also provided a godly friend for me who exemplifies what Ecclesiastes 4:12 says.  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. With her, I can honestly and vulnerably express daily my thoughts, concerns, and doubts.  She has been given much wisdom from God to be supportive and encouraging, but also challenging when she needs to be.  We’ve also started a prayer journal where we share scripture with each other and pray for one another like we are instructed to in James, Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

I’d love to tell you that this journey is over.  I’ve even voiced to my friend, that I’d like to fast forward through this struggle.  She didn’t think that was wise and it is obviously not His plan.  But, recently, I have been able to experience small victories and revelations, through Him, and am trying to remain in a teachable place.  One thing that He has revealed to me is that I will never think He is enough if I don’t realize how much He loves me. In Lamentations 3:22-24, it says that through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: Great is Your faithfulness.  “The Lord is my portion.” says my soul, Therefore, I hope in Him.  I am ever doubtful that I will be able to fully comprehend His love for me, but at the same time if I can be more sensitive to looking for evidences of His love, I can’t help but ironically question, my previous question: Is He enough?

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