Part 3: God Is Not Quite Enough
If someone asked us point blank if we thought God was “enough,” we would say, “Of course! He’s all I need.”
But our lives tell another story.
My marriage needs Jesus and for my spouse to shape up and make me happy.
My children need to know the Lord and to have the latest gadgets, excel in school, and be popular with their peers.
I need the wisdom of God’s Word and the advice of self-help books and that psychologist on television.
To be content, I just need Jesus and a bigger house, a newer car, and a longer vacation.
Our country would be perfect if it would simply turn to Jesus and elect the leaders I like and approve.
We’re all guilty of the Jesus and syndrome from time to time. We don’t mean for it to happen, but it seeps into our thinking. We approach the throne of God, lay our burdens and longings at His feet, then proceed to scoop them back into our burden-box and keep on moving.
And wonder why we feel dissatisfied and unsettled.
We know on some level that only Jesus can fill the deepest needs of our hearts. But we keep searching for something else.
Why? We’ve bought into a lie—the same lie that got Adam and Eve in trouble in paradise. The lie that convinced the first couple they needed the splendor of walking with God and a bite of the one forbidden fruit.
So, what’s the fix? Is it even possible to be fully satisfied with Jesus?
In Psalm 16:11, David wrote, You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Wow. David must’ve been leaning back on silk pillows, chilling out with his harp.
Um, actually, no. The man writing about being filled with joy was on the run from a crazy king. Life was horrible. Stressful. Overwhelming.
But David trusted that his God was ultimately in control.
On the run, living among the rocks, and fearful for his life, God was enough.
I love, love, love, Matthew 5:6—Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
(In fact, it’s posted on our fridge.)
If we hunger and thirst for righteousness—the things of God—we will be satisfied. In Him.
Jesus will be enough.
Because, you know, He is.
Father God, give me a hunger and thirst for Your righteousness. May my heart’s desire be a longing to be fully satisfied in You. Thank you, Jesus.
Have a blessed week!
Leigh Ann 🙂