When life hits us hard we question everything, including ourselves.
- Why did you let this happen, God?
- If you are good, why am I going through so much pain?
- Why didn’t I get out when I could?
- Why did I say that?
What we are really asking, though, is this:
God, are you enough for me?
When your marriage gets difficult, when your work situation takes an unexpected turn, or when your children disrespect you, is God enough for you? When a friend speaks badly about you behind your back, or when someone takes advantage of you, is God enough for you?
Much of my life I unwittingly placed my value in what others thought of me. When they spoke or thought poorly of me, I was devastated. When they questioned my integrity, I was crushed.
I was feeling beat up because I was viewing myself through the eyes of others rather than through the eyes of God.
I still find myself slipping into that same trap from time to time, but when I am able to see myself as God sees me, I have strong, enduring peace.
God knows you and me more intimately than any one person will ever be able to know us. He made us. Psalm 139:13 says God knits us together in our mother’s womb.
He knows why you are hurting better than you do, and he knows how to heal you better than any self-help book or counselor. (Counselors are invaluable, by the way; I am not knocking them. You need a counselor who is a believer, though, for you to really find healing.)
God is enough for me and for you, and he will always be enough.
Where in your life do you need to remember that God is enough for you?