We sing it in songs, we try to mean it with all our heart, yet, there are times we still seek some other forms of satisfaction.
Can God really be enough for me?
If at one point, all you can think of is a certain person or you can’t get the idea of getting married out of your head, then God isn’t enough for you yet.
If you are wondering, whether alcohol, tattoos, or cursing is permissive for a Christian, then God isn’t enough for you yet.
If you enjoy parties, watching secular movies and music, then unfortunately God isn’t enough for you yet either.
If you somehow believe patriotism for a nation other than God’s own Kingdom and Christianity go hand in hand, then definitely God (and His Kingdom) isn’t enough for you.
How can I say all that?
Well, think about what it means to say “God is enough”. That means you don’t need anything else to satisfy you, right? You are good and so, the only thing you are consumed with is how to please God.
That’s our ultimate goal and although, I don’t know many believers to be there yet, we can pray and hope to reach that point before it’s too late.
Here are seven reasons to help reassure you that God is truly enough:
I. Because God is love.
There is a lot of chaos out in the world, but the biggest confusion is on the topic of love. Nobody knows exactly what love is until they’ve met God (1 Jo. 4:8). Don’t believe what the songs nor even what your pastor says, when people claim that you can find love in a relationship. It’s not there until you have it in Christ (Rom. 8:35-39).
No disciple of Christ needs a wife or a husband to experience true love (1 Cor. 7:6-8). His disciples have received God’s love in full, when He was brought and put up on that cross on Calvary to die for our crimes against God. We just need to learn to embrace it.
Truth is: You can be single and alone all your life and be full of joy, peace, love, and hope – more than you can ever imagine (Eph. 3:17-19).
Only God’s love will satisfy us.
II. Because of God’s grace.
Many believers talk about health and wealth additionally to salvation. But Jesus only saved a paralyzed man on a stretcher from the pitfalls of hell and left it at that – the rest (the physical healing) was just to prove the Pharisees wrong (Mar. 2:5-10). On another instance, Jesus told His disciples not to be excited about the miracles, but rejoice because they can join Him in heaven.
We always have the tendency to desire the blessings or the work more than the One who blesses or gives us purpose. Are you saved? Do you have an intimate relationship with the Creator of the whole universe? Than you are more blessed than billions of human beings on this earth!
Truth is: No suffering, no pain, no sickness, no lack needs to be alleviated, if we are walking in His grace (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
Only God’s grace is sufficient.
III. Because God has unending peace.
That’s how I picture heaven. Its second greatest benefit, I believe, is peace. No wars, no tears, no fights. What normal human being wouldn’t want that?
Truth is: We don’t need to pray for a carefree life without issues, without problems or without strife. Instead, we abide in prayer in God to receive that peace that transcends all understanding (Php. 4:6-7).
Only God’s peace will bring our hearts to rest.
IV. Because God is our King.
The Bible says, it disappoints God, when His people still seek for an earthly ruler or king (1 Sam. 8:4-7), when He could be all that for us. Jesus says, we shouldn’t call each other leaders, teachers, etc., because He is already come to be all that as well (Matt. 23:8-10).
Truth is: We can still honor the president of a nation and pray for its leaders, but only desire our one and only, true King in Jesus Christ, who will come again and take over forever in a perfect reign over this world.
Only our King will make this world a better place.
V. Because God is our Father.
Many of us have grown up with a missing parent or maybe the ones who stayed did a terrible job at it. Everyone needs parents, but no parent is perfect. Our needs of having that parental care and guidance don’t have to stay unmet.
Truth is: We don’t need a family to be complete, to feel comforted and to have that sense of belonging. Our family are our brothers and sisters in Christ (Mar. 3:31-35). And God as our Father can satisfy our every need. He is our ultimate provider and protector.
Only our Father in heaven will take care of all our needs.
VI. Because God is sovereign.
He is in charge. Of every single detail in the universe. That’s reassuring indeed, if ever we can fully grasp that fact.
God’s sovereignty can help us, if it is deeply rooted in our minds and manages the way we think. It can reassure us that everything will turn out well, if we just follow.
Truth is: We don’t need to worry about anything – whether for our family’s wellbeing nor our own salvation nor the outcome of the world’s political situation – because God is in control of every single thing happening (Col. 1:16). We just need to bring up enough trust to believe that this sovereignty is in the hands of a good King (Rom. 8:28).
Only God’s sovereignty will give us the assurance we are seeking.
VII. Because God’s joy is our strength.
Finally, if we are truly God’s children, we would want to put joy in His heart every single day of our lives. That giving joy instead of seeking it out for ourselves will basically save us from the entrapment of pleasure-seeking that only results in temporary joy. If, however God is pleased with us, we share in His joy eternally (John 15:11).
Truth is: Our joy doesn’t matter (to us). As a child of God, we wouldn’t want anything else, ultimately, then to please our Lord and King.
Only God’s joy is our strength to do it all (Neh. 8:10).
Coming to a close, if God is truly enough, what is it you really could desire besides Him ? After all, in one of the most well-known Psalms, the author does state that in the role of being our shepherd, God makes it unnecessary to want anything at all, because He surely does provide for everything we need.
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
(Psalms 23:1 NASB)
That same psalmist wrote how God was able to reduce his desires to just God alone (and may we plead with God to be blessed with this heart):
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.
(Psalms 27:4 NASB)