Enough (13 Oct 2019)

“Do I have enough money?”
“Have I done enough?”
“Am I good enough?”
“Am I enough?”

These are different questions revolving around the word “enough”. But if the questions always centres around ourselves, then the answer is often this – we will never have enough. We will never be enough.

That is why we need to rely on God, our ultimate Supplier, unlimited Resource and all-knowing Guide. We need to look outside of ourselves and acknowledge our weaknesses, limitations and inability to save ourselves, and run towards God and totally depend on Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Only Jesus can give us true joy and a lasting peace and refuge. Only He is enough for us.

Recently I attended a retreat run by OMF and the theme of the retreat was “Enough”. We read through a little booklet entitled, you guessed it, “Enough”. It was written by Helen Roseveare, a missionary in Congo from 1953 to 1973.

She was a single missionary doctor that lived through captivity in the civil war that occurred during that time and witnessed many horrors that happened around her and to her as well. In the midst of it all, she questioned if she had enough resilience and enough faith to trust God absolutely. Could she rest in Him and submit to Him even when the world seemed to be falling apart?

The first night she was held captive, she felt God asking her if she could thank Him for trusting her with this experience, even though she couldn’t understand the outcome or the reason. She felt Him surround her and hold her, and she was the only one held captive that day who could fall asleep in the midst of the atrocities. In such a horrendous situation, Helen found that God was enough for her. He was with her journeying alongside, giving her strength to go through what was to come. It wasn’t her that needed to be enough, but she had a God who is enough.

It is common for humans to be always seeking for something more, never being content, and always feeling inadequate and “not enough”.

Even as Christians we may often ask, “Do I have enough faith for God to accept me?” “Am I holy enough?” “Do I have enough love?”

We know that we are saved by grace and not by works, but many times we forget that and fill our lives with busyness, being on the go, doing more and more, so that we feel accepted, useful and good enough.

No matter what we are going through today, can we pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that no matter what we do or do not do, today, God is here with you. He is enough for you.

His grace is sufficient for us (2 Cor 12:9). Hold on to that promise, and by His grace and mercy toward us, we have everything we need to face the week ahead and live up to the calling He has given to us.

 

Sister Cherlyn Oh