When we go through something that is trying or hard to get a grasp onto, we often wish our circumstances would just get better. I know I do this still today. In fact, my family and I have recently moved 1,000 miles away to better our lives. My husband and I know and fully understand this is the best option for our family, but our four children don’t. Countless times, my three year old, Beau has asked us if we can “go home yet.” I feel in my heart, too, that I long for this new, unfamiliar territory to soon feel like home for all of us.
What I’ve failed to recognize is the things I have prayed for over the last six or so months have been answered.
I prayed specifically for the kind of home we needed in Pennsylvania, from the location to the school district to the amount of bedrooms or bathrooms. I prayed for an office space inside of my home. I prayed that we could just get here already. Every one of these prayers to the Lord were answered. Every single one.
But wait, I didn’t want it to be stressful, too. I wanted these blessings placed in my lap, but I wanted it done with ease and comfort and pure joy…not like this!
The reality is that the enemy is stealing my joy. What was supposed to be everything I ever wanted is now infected with discontentment. Suddenly, I’m allowing myself to believe that my answered prayers aren’t enough. God didn’t do enough.
This happens in more ways than we’d like to admit. We long for things to change, just waiting for someone (or God) to save us from our less-than-ideal circumstances.
Until it hit me like a ton of bricks.
The CROSS was ENOUGH.
My SALVATION was ENOUGH.
God’s LOVE is ENOUGH.
I am a Follower of Jesus, not a dictator of His Blessings. The Lord may grant my requests to Him, but that is because He loves me, not because He owes me anything.
When I chose to follow Him, I chose to build a relationship, acknowledging the good in Him, the Bad in me, and the Ugly we’ll conquer together.
I have to stop allowing the enemy to creep in, persuading me to believe that what God has done in my life isn’t enough. I need to stop longing for materialistic things, and begin longing for a closer, deeper relationship with my God; to long for the salvation and redemption for my children and those around me. I need to long for more Jesus and Less ME.
The Lord gave me four beautiful children. Though they are often overwhelming, and a major struggle to raise, God gave them to me. He picked ME. So, I must stop wishing things were easier or they would be different than how He made them. I must begin raising them not only in a manner that honors the Lord, but in a manner that helps each of my children to use the gifts God created them for.
I have been failing my body, all because of my own struggles with food. I must realize that it will never get better as long as I continue turning to my pantry for instant relief. God gifted us with wonderful foods to consume, yet I treat His blessings as if they’re not enough. I crave the unhealthy, worldly foods that hurt our bodies over time. My sin is a wall between my Lord and I.
There should be no walls. The Cross was enough. If you’re feeling the same way, today, I challenge you to take a hard look at your discontentment.
Write it down, then next to your specific struggle,
• Write next to your SIN: The CROSS was Enough.
Jesus died to give us freedom from the very sins we struggle with each day. Remind yourself right away that His sacrifice created an inheritance for us so wealthy in power, love, and grace that we can not only survive, but thrive ANYTHING through the power of Jesus.
• Write next to your Physical or Emotional Struggles: My SALVATION was ENOUGH.
Because nothing is impossible with God. We have been saved from the chains that bind us to this world. Over time, God restores our lives, so that we may be able to use our testimony to help others in need. If your current situation makes you feel like you’re not equipped, not qualified or simply not good enough to do the work of the Lord, be reminded that Salvation is for everyone, regardless of their limitations. God can and will use you. He wants you. You are ENOUGH.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:98-10 NLT
• Write next to your PAST: God’s LOVE is ENOUGH
What we have done can’t compare to the Joy that’s coming through Jesus Christ. Every single mistake, or even the things that have happened to us can never be “too much” for grace. Jesus didn’t die on that cross for just “some” sins. He died for all of them, and He made that sacrifice so we could know Him and Follow Him, and be transformed by God through Him. What you did yesterday doesn’t have to define your tomorrow. If you feel it does, YOU are stopping yourself from finally putting that part of your past to rest. Don’t stand in the way of what God can do for you. His Love is like no other.
At the end of the day, God doesn’t “owe” us anything. He answers many of our requests to Him, and even protects us when we don’t go to Him at all. Our relationship with Him should never be about “give and take,” but about a true, deep longing for a lasting relationship with one another. The blessings come along the way, but they should never be why we pray or choose to believe. He’s not your genie in a bottle.
The CROSS ALONE was ENOUGH. If we were never granted anything again, our freedom from sins, our salvation, and the inheritance of Heaven are ENOUGH. Next time we pray, let’s THANK Him for what He has already done before we make any requests to Him, as that it in itself was ENOUGH.