Am I Enough?
Am I enough for you?
These words penetrate my heart as I hear the Father whisper this question in my ear. It’s not a question asked with a sarcastic tone of voice, and it’s not one asked with even a thread of anger. Rather this question is whispered, asked in softness, sincerity, and by a gentle spirit. Am I enough for you?
So many times, we sing worship songs that say God is enough, or He is our everything. We read Bible verses in agreement that we are to give Him every desire of our heart, and we shout amen when the pastor prays for freedom of bondage from anything in this world.
Yet today, I was among friends, and I realized, for some of them, God simply has not been enough.
We feel freedom in church as we worship, yet we are so often caught up in anger, frustration, incompleteness, and anxiety by Monday that it hardly seems to matter.
We often run a race, chasing after something or someone other than Christ; because Christ, if we are honest, seemingly isn’t enough in our day-to-day.
Matthew 6:33-34 tells us to, “…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” NIV
There are times when it seems people are simply playing life like a game of chess. They are always thinking ten moves ahead and preparing counter moves. Yet the strategy is typically only focused on the person trying to gain whatever it is they are striving for. The benefit and consideration of the Kingdom of God are only secondary if that.
It is easy to say with our mouths that we do not want to live for ourselves but rather we want to live for our Lord and His purpose and plan for our lives. And yet it is a whole different thing to live this way, especially when His Kingdom plans interfere with ours.
When God says wait or asks us to let Him be enough in the desert, seeking His kingdom in those moments is not easy or fun. Most people will try to take a short cut. But short cuts with God will never work. (Author Unknown)
God simply wants to be enough. Here. Now. Forever.
He wants to be enough on the mountain top and enough in the valley. He wants to be enough in love, in grace and in peace; and the only way to give Him the opportunity to be enough, in everything, is to seek His kingdom first.
What do you lack? A job? A relationship? Health? Seek God first. It really is that simple.