Thursday, February 16, 2017

My God is More Than Enough

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

Philippians 4:11-13 (ESV)

I am amazed at how often I forget the reality that God is for me. I spend a great deal of time working in my own strength, stressing about my own lack of resources and focusing on what I do not have rather than thanking God for what I do have. I look at my bank account, the struggles of my teenage children, the traffic I navigate on a daily basis and I quickly lose sight of God.

  • He provided oil for the widow – enough to feed her family and pay her debts. 
  • He provided a ram for Abraham in the place of sacrificing his son, Isaac. 
  • He turned water into wine to save the honor of the wedding host. 
  • He brings joy from mourning, beauty from ashes and hope from despair. 
  • He freely gave me the greatest gift in the world…salvation. 

If this is truly my God, then how can I possibly wonder if He is enough? How can I actually think that it is truly up to me to provide at home, work and beyond?

Through divorce, through unemployment, through struggles at work, through struggles at home…God has never left my side. Every time I look back on my life, He is there, without fail! Yet, in the moment, I often forget this and stress and worry become my companions. Oh, how I long for peace and joy to be with me more often.

I spend a great deal of time feeling like the man in Mark 9 whose son had an unclean spirit. He cried out to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” I am certain that I would have been Peter – crazy enough to get out of the boat but then quickly distracted by the wind and waves. My prayer is to be more like the thief on the cross who simply saw Jesus as He is and without hesitation claimed that He was the Son of God. What peace he must have experienced in the midst of excruciating pain and humiliation!


He is enough when the bills are due. 

He is enough when family life is stressful and confusing. 

He is enough when work projects and conversations don’t turn out as I planned them to. 

He is enough when the weight of the world is on my shoulders and I don’t remember where to turn. 

He is enough.

I don’t know about you, but I need to post this reminder on my phone, my rear-view mirror, my checkbook and everywhere else in life where the storm tends to seem bigger than my God! Be encouraged that He sees and knows you, that He is for you, and that He is more than enough! 

Lord, it is far too easy to see my lack and to forget that You are my source. Remind me daily that You are enough and that all I need to do is keep my eyes firmly fixed on You. May peace and joy replace worry and stress as I stand firmly knowing that You are enough. Amen!

~ Mike

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