Have you ever had a moment when you finally realized God is enough for you?
So often I want God + (fill-in-the-blank), and everything in me screams that God is not enough for me. But this morning I had one of those “aha” moments. God felt so close, and I felt that yes, I could live without my own plans and dreams coming true if I just had Jesus by my side.
Buuut this isn’t the first time I’ve felt that way. Truth is, I’ve had those “aha” moments multiple times, but I always eventually run back to the same idols, feeling that I need more than a relationship with God to have a full life.
Putting God first and loving Him with all your “heart, mind, soul, and strength,” is a daily battle and a choice. When I think I’ve finally found my satisfaction in Christ, I stumble yet again, but I have to turn to Him in spite of myself.
But even through my stumbling baby steps, God is showing me He is enough.
When I am faithless, He picks me up again and pulls me back to Him. When I don’t think I can resist temptation for another second, He puts things in my life to teach me obedience. When I cry out to Him about my struggles, He opens my eyes to help me hate my sin as much as He does. His kindness is the greatest kindness I’ve ever known. The way He brings things to mind when I need them most, the way He directly answers my prayers to help me overcome sin, the way He patiently prepares me for various trials coming, the way He rescues me repeatedly from the vicious cycle of sin… He is enough for me.
I may not always believe it. I may not always feel it. But it’s true.
He’s pulled things from my life to show me that I don’t need the things of this world. He’s walked by me every step of the way. He’s given me that humbling circumstance when my head started getting a little big, but He’s also given me that little thing that makes me smile on a hard day.:)
And oh the joy He gives; not happiness exactly, but a peace that lasts.
My testimony isn’t perfect. In fact, right now I’ve been really inconsistent in my Bible reading. I’ve prioritized the wrong things morning after morning. But even in this, God has grown my hunger for His Word by giving me witnessing opportunities that leave me needing a refresh and pulling various distractions out of my life.
Life with Jesus isn’t boring. It’s full. It’s challenging. Not free of problems and pain by any means but instead of walking through that pain by myself, I have Jesus with me, teaching me through it.
It took me a while to understand how Christ’s “yoke is easy and burden is light,” while at the same time He calls us to such difficult and painful things. I realize now that Jesus makes the difference, walking by us through it all. He is patient with us, loves us, and “empathizes with our weaknesses,” calling us to something greater.
Do you know Jesus as your friend? What gets in the way of you feeling that He is enough for you?
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