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Girlfriends in God - Oct. 19, 2007

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October 19, 2007

Is Jesus Enough?

Angela L. Craig

 

I hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions.  We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends.  From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry.  We call them our "Friday Friends."  So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our "Friday Friend",

Angela Craig.

 

Today’s Truth

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV).

Friend to Friend

I recently attended a Women’s Conference in which the speaker challenged us with the question, “Is Jesus enough?” My immediate answer was a resounding, “YES!” until she started to unpack the question. The speaker asked us, “Is Jesus enough when your spouse walks out, when you lose your job, when your child dies, when you can’t conceive a child, when an illness side-swipes you?” As she spoke, the list seemed painfully endless as the reality of my personal denial of this question hit me like a train coming at full speed. I knew that at that very minute, I could say that Jesus was more than enough, but I couldn’t honestly say I would feel the same if tragedy struck my life.

 

I don’t know about you, but when God wants me to learn a lesson, the theme of that lesson seems to recur like a revolving door. So, it will be no surprise to you that the very next day I picked up my Bible study and the author of the Bible study might as well have written, “Is Jesus enough?” at the top of each page.

 

I asked God this question, “God, tell me why Jesus would NOT be enough in my life?” God answered this question through two biblical illustrations. First, I was reminded that as a daughter of Eve, I have the same innate desire to know how tomorrow will turn out; like Eve I want to eat from the tree of knowledge. My inner Eve would say, “If God loves me then He would want me to know the future so I can feel secure.”

 

Second, I am like the Israelites who wondered the desert grumbling and complaining even though God provided daily for their physical and emotional needs. My inner Israelite says, “God may provide shoes, food, and His presence on my walk in the desert, but I want more than that. I want some fun red pumps, a French bistro with fancy linens and a fast car to get out of the desert as soon as possible!”

 

What I realized was that Jesus will never be enough for me if I let pride or fear make me doubt His desire to be the provision for my every need. You see, friends, God promises that His mercies are new every day; that we can trust Him to provide for our every need in His perfect time (Lamentations 3:22-25). No matter what your need is today, can you say that Jesus is enough? Do you trust and believe that God loves you and has a purpose and plan for your life? Do you believe that His provision, mercy, grace, and forgiveness are available for you each day? If you have any question about whether or not Jesus is enough, cry out to God, for He is waiting to answer you!

 

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that you promise to provide daily for my every need. I am grateful that I can trust that your Word is the truth and that I can rely on it to provide comfort and insight into any life situation. Lord, open my eyes to anything that may be holding me back from believing that Jesus really is enough. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Now it is Your Turn

1. Consider the question, “Is Jesus enough?” Write down some personal reasons of why you believe He is enough or why you believe He is not enough.

 

2. Read Matthew 6:11. What do you think God is trying to teach us through this scripture?

3. Read the following verse. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34 NKJV). What does Jesus teach us about tomorrow?

 

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