Enough is Enough!

Don’t Give Up” by CallingGlory:

“This time your heart said it’s had enough

Sick and tired of everything so messed up…

But Don’t Give Up, help is surely on its way,

Don’t Give Up, dark is breaking into day…”

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of wanting more!  I’m tired of never feeling satisfied.  I’m tired of wishing for enough money to do this or enough time to get all that done.  I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!  Enough is enough!!

Created on Canva

Created on Canva

Actually…is it enough?  Is what I’ve been blessed with really enough for me?  Is the grace of God really enough for my eternal salvation?  Of course!  Then isn’t it enough for my daily Christian walk?  It ought to be.  I know it ought to be.  But it doesn’t feel like it.  I don’t have the peace and contentment I know I ought to have.  Why?! 

For me, it comes down to two simple reasons.  Maybe for you it’s different.  But for me, it’s just this:

1.     I don’t want to not want any more.

2.     I forget what I already have.

1.  I don’t want to not want any more.  I think I want to be contented and satisfied and just pull back from the table of life every night, sighing, “Ah!  That was good!  I’m full!”  But in reality, I don’t want this, not really.  Because it would mean admitting that I can’t do enough to earn this feeling.  It would mean trusting the Lord to give me that satisfaction, instead of trying to “help myself.” 

The saying, “God helps those who help themselves,” is misleading.  It’s true in some ways, but not in others.  

a. It’s true in the sense that God doesn’t expect us to just laze around and just “watch Him work.”  He expects us to be striving in certain things.  All the imperative commands that the Bible gives, yes, even in the New Testament (see Paul’s writings!), imply that there are things we need to do.  We aren’t supposed to just sit in our armchairs and do nothing.  Slothfulness – laziness – is a definite sin! (See Proverbs 12:24, 27; 21:25; 26:13-14; Matt. 25:26; Heb. 6:12; 2 Thess. 3:10, etc.)

b. However, the saying is also false in that it leads people to assume that they have to do everything.  For instance, my personality tends to gravitate towards laziness.  In order to avoid it, I make lists and schedules and try my best to stay productive—or at least look like I’m busy.  It’s also really easy to add: “God helps those who help themselves…so I’m going to just go ahead and do whatever I think is best.”  Then we don’t make decisions based on prayer, on trying to find out what God’s will is for that situation.  We just run ahead of God and impulsively do something just to be doing something.  I know I do.  I fall for that pendulum swing every time—instead of aiming for balance, I swing from one extreme (laziness) all the way to the other (busyness).  Neither give contentment.

2.  I forget what I already have.   I have a bad memory.  Worse than the average person’s.  But I dare say that it’s easy for all of us to forget how many “extras” we have been privileged to receive. 

The Israelites are the prime example.  They were supremely blessed in the book of Joshua—they had been given the fulfillment of the promise, the Promised Land of Canaan.  They ate out of vineyards that they hadn’t planted themselves; they ate milk and honey where they hadn’t worked.  Yes, they had some work to do to rebuild the cities they had destroyed in conquering and supposedly trying to drive out or wipe out the remaining pockets of peoples.  But they enjoyed their blessings so much that they forgot where they came from.  They forgot some of the miracles that God did to bring them there.  Then judgement would come, they would finally remember and cry out to God to save them.  He graciously sent a deliverer.  Then they would forget all over again.

I used to despise the Israelites in the book of Judges.  They were so disrespectful and ungrateful to the Lord!  But if I’m honest with myself, I have trouble with this, too.   It pricks my heart that in one breath, I can praise the Lord in thankfulness, but then in the next breath, I’m asking for something else already.  When will enough be enough?  When will I feel like I’ve got enough money in the bank or enough money to fix all the things falling apart?  When will I feel like I’ve got enough “extras” to be “happy”?  There’s always something else.

But enough IS enough!!  For me, and for you!

Why?

Because God is all I need!  He is all you need! 

2 Cor. 12:9 (Berean Study Bible)
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.”

2 Cor. 3:5 (English Standard Version)
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”

Psalm 54:4 (New International Version)
“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

Psalm 3:5 (New International Version)
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”

These two songs played back-to-back on my playlist when I shuffled them, and the resulting prick by the Holy Spirit inspired this post:

 “Forever Reign” by Hillsong Live:

I'm running to Your arms

I'm running to Your arms

The riches of Your love

Will always be enough…

Will they be enough for me?  Are they right now?

 “Enough” by Chris Tomlin:

You are my supply

 My breath of life

 And still more awesome than I know

 You are my reward

 worth living for

 And still more awesome than I know

 

 All of You is more than enough for all of me

 For every thirst and every need

 You satisfy me with Your love

 And all I have in You is more than enough

 

 You’re my sacrifice

 Of greatest price

 And still more awesome than I know

 You’re the coming King

 You are everything

 And still more awesome than I know

 

 More than all I want

 More than all I need

 You are more than enough for me

 More than all I know

 More than all I can say

 You are more than enough for me

 

What do you need God to be for you right now?  Is there an attribute of God that means something extra special to you?  Please comment below!