Is God enough?

God’s Word is enough for millions of believers who gather in house churches just like this one.  His Word is enough for millions of other believers who huddle in African jungles, South American rain forests, and Middle Eastern cities.

But is his Word enough for us? ~Radical, pg 26

This chapter {Chapter 2 for those not reading along} is convicting with a capital C.  Is God’s Word enough for me?

If I am completely honest, I act like the answer to that question is oft times, “No”. 

Is God’s Word enough for me?  Absolutely.  It is all we need.  But, I forget that far too often.  I allow the busyness of this American dream pursuing existence to push out the soft whisper of God’s Spirit, reminding me that the answers I seek are waiting for me in the pages of His Word.

I allow myself to believe the lie that I can do this thing called life on my own.  God is there when I need Him.  I go to church.  I do good things.  Hunger and thirst for the sake of righteousness is something I save for those times that I am desperate, broken and searching for the Answer I have allowed myself to drift from. 

I allow myself to be distracted with “the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture—and in our church” (Radical, pg 29).  There are far too many days that I don’t approach the throne of the Almighty until the end of the day, almost as an afterthought. 

 God, forgive me.

This attitude I have accepted fits “nicely in a culture that exalts self-sufficiency, self-esteem and self confidence.  We already have a fairly high view of our morality, so when we add a superstitious prayer, a subsequent dose of church attendance, and obedience to some of the Bible, we feel pretty sure that  we will be all right in the end” (Radical, pg 32)

Those words leap off the page to me.  Who am I to think that is enough?  Doesn’t the God who created me, who created the very universe I reside in, the God who existed before anything else came to be…doesn’t He deserve more of me than that?

Yes.

But that is so much easier to type than to live out.  For instance, do I have the faith, the belief and the devotion to Jesus Christ to applaud Him while my husband is beheaded for our belief (Radical pg 35)?  That resounding yes comes a little slower when I pause to consider such a circumstance.

Jesus is no longer one to be accepted or invited in but one who is infinitely worthy of our immediate and total surrender. (Radical, pg 39)

My prayer becomes this:

Lord God, strip away my comfort.  Position my life in a way that requires I drink of your Cup to survive.  Help me see my need for You in every circumstance, every day.  I don’t want to only turn to You when things aren’t going according to my plan.  I want to turn to You, God, for every request, every decision, every moment of every day.  And, God, I fail miserably at this.  I allow myself to fall into the trap of self-sufficiency thinking I am on the right path, not realizing that if I am not walking the path with You, then I have been deceived.  Open my eyes to Your will, to a hunger and thirst for Your Word that nothing but Your Word can quench.  Expose my need for You.  Expose the motives of my flesh.  Expose the pride of my heart.  Expose my deep down soul need for nothing but You.

You are enough.  You are enough.  You are enough.

This post is linked to the Radical Read Along.

9 Responses to Is God enough?

  1. Shelby says:

    Well, Melissa, you have certainly hit me where I live with this one. This is going to take some praying and thinking over. Thank you for that.

    Shelby

  2. Melissa says:

    sorry, Shelby. I would love to know your thoughts after you pray and
    study!! Love ya girl!

  3. Renee says:

    Great Post!!!!

  4. i’m praying along with you on this one!

  5. Amy Bennett says:

    “I allow myself to be distracted with “the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture—and in our church” (Radical, pg 29).”

    Yes…this is what I almost blogged about. He is enough!

  6. Jennifer says:

    He IS enough, but it’s so easy to forget in all the distractions of life. I’m finding that in each stage of life we go through, life just grows more and more distracting. Praying that we would become less self-sufficient and that we’d see Him as enough more and more every day!

  7. Leigh says:

    We really are on the same page! Thanks for the comment on my post. I’m ready to see where God leads us next.

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