Perhaps you’ve reached a point in life where you’ve had to ask yourself the question…”is God enough?”
Is He strong enough…
Is He patient enough…
Is He loving enough…
but what about just,
Is He Enough?
It’s one thing to reach a point where we believe that God is able to meet every need, heal every sickness, restore every relationship, etc. And don’t get me wrong, that’s no small thing!
But what about when He doesn’t?
Is He, He alone, enough?
There have been seasons of my life where I’ve literally begged and pleaded with God for particular things. Not material possessions, but things like healing, restoration in a relationship, gifts or abilities that I desired.
I’m learning, however, that my flesh typically desires the path of least resistance.
I ask for healing because the sickness is difficult. I ask for restoration because the strained relationship is uncomfortable. I ask for gifts or abilities because surely I could serve God better if I had them. I could go on and on.
When I was in college I was presented with some pretty dangerous theology. Basically, I was told that because God loves us, it’s never His will for us to suffer. I was told that all that was needed to experience healing and prosperity was faith. This was in a conversation with some church leaders (not at my home church) in response to a popular song at the time by Ginny Owens, “If You Want Me To”.
The song is essentially about trusting God in spite of difficult circumstances or feelings. It’s about choosing to rest in the lasting truth of who God is (implied is that He is enough to satisfy and sustain us), rather than be swept into despair based on momentary affliction. Also implied is that there are, in fact, times when God allows the difficult things in life to draw us closer to Himself, and grow us up in our faith.
Kind of sounds like James 1:2-4 which says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
I wish I could say that at the time I was grounded enough in scripture to stand firm in my understanding of God’s sovereignty and goodness. I wish I could say that at the time, God alone was enough for me. Instead, I was further discouraged by what felt like a season of silence from the Lord.
I couldn’t understand what else I was supposed to do in order to see answers to my prayers. After all, I had reached a point where I believed He was big enough to answer them.
The problem was I hadn’t reached a point where He was enough, even if He didn’t answer them the way I wanted.
Over the years, God has been showing me the subtle significance of the difference between those two things.
God does, indeed desire our contentment and happiness. In fact, He commands it. (“Delight yourself in the Lord” Psalm 37:4…“Be glad in the Lord” Psalm 32:11). He simply designed it so that our satisfaction could only be complete in Him.
He is enough for our every need. And that means so much more than being big enough to answer our every request.