Is God Enough?

11 Dec 2013 Ruth L Snyder

There are times in our lives when all of us ask, “Is God enough?” We live in a fallen, sinful world where bad things happen to good people. I’ve had a few experiences in my life which have shaken me and forced me to think about what I believe and why.

  • Gifts from a loving God, the first piece I had published, details my journey through infertility and adoption. My husband and I were told we would probably never have children of our own. Several months later, I found out that I was pregnant. I was ecstatic! However, after a few short weeks I miscarried. I still grieve the loss of that baby. Is God enough? Yes!
  • We adopted several children, including twin boys who are now 13. We knew before we adopted the twins that they had special needs. They were born at 27 weeks gestation and were not expected to live because of their high needs. We found out several years later that they were born early because of abuse. More opportunity to grieve. Is God enough? Yes!
  • My dad was diagnosed with dementia about 5 years ago. It’s painful to watch his decline, to see him become a shell of the amazing person he once was. Is God enough? Yes!

I appreciate what Renee Swope challenges us to do in chapter 11 of A Confident Heart:

“Let’s make a promise that every time doubt casts its shadow over us, we will run back to Jesus, turn toward the light, and stand in the shadow of the cross where everything changes. In the shadow of the cross:

  • When you feel inadequate, God says: You are CHOSEN (Isaiah 43:10)
  • When you feel afraid, God says: You are REDEEMED (Isaiah 43:1)
  • When you feel unloved, God says: You are LOVED (Isaiah 43:4)
  • When you feel forgotten, God says: You are REMEMBERED (Isaiah 49:16)
  • When you feel insecure, God says: You are SECURE (Deut. 33:12)
  • When you feel unable or unstable, God says You are ABLE (Hab. 3:19)
  • When you feel worthless, God says: You are CALLED (1 Pet. 2:9)

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Here are a few truths I would add:

  • When you are grieving, God says: I UNDERSTAND (John 11:1-35)
  • When you don’t know how to pray, God says: I’ll INTERCEDE for you (Romans 8:26)
  • When you are staring death in the face, God says: I am preparing a HOME for you. (John 14:1-3)

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As the Apostle Paul says, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (I Cor. 15:19) Fortunately this life is not all we have to look forward to – – we also have the hope of eternity in Heaven because of Christ’s death and resurrection. Paul ends his teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ by challenging us:

“With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” (I Cor. 15:58 The Message)

When life throws it’s worst at us, we can:

  1. Stand our ground – meditating on God’s truths
  2. Refuse to give in – choosing to live by fact, not feelings
  3. Continue on in the work God gives us – stepping out in faith and allowing Him to work in and through us.

Is God enough? YES!

6 thoughts on “Is God Enough?

  1. Missy

    Ruth – AMEN! Thank you for adding your own three Truths to help arm us against the enemy. What he hopes to steal and destroy God surely protects and makes strong through His Word and I really appreciated how you applied these truths in your own life, here. May God continue to make you strong as He continues to show you that He is Enough. <3

    Missy – OBS Small Group Leader & Prayer Team

  2. Sherry Lynne

    Hi Ruth, not sure if you will like what I have to say but here goes. I am amazed with the fact that since I shared a little piece of my story with you that your writing has taken a different form. As I read your words in my heart I feel that something is missing. With my walk with Jesus I have learned n seen that there is a certain walk that takes place n that seems to be whats missing with your stories. Don’t get me wrong, The walk Im talking about is the Vulnerable side of all of us. Walking with Jesus n Giving all things to Him I have been given the gift of Clarity! You have so much to offer threw Jesus and so with your walk with Him let the fear rest on Him so You can show us that you are actually human, not one of those cases that when they received Jesus that life became all beautiful and such. Please don’t loose that Vulnerbility that shines Gods Light. We as reader need to see n feel that from you. And if you need a example of that, look up Olds Albertian and look for my story n How Jesus n I walk together. Maybe it will help and maybe it won’t, Myself I feel that it will. The story in the paper is call” Restaurant should be close on CHRISTmas day.” God Bless you Ruth and keep walking with GOD. I love the verses!!!!!!!! Merry CHRISTmas and may Our HOLY FATHER be with you always. Love threw CHRIST Sherry Lynne

    1. Ruth L. Snyder

      Hi Sherry Lynne,
      It’s good to hear from you. I agree that life with Jesus is not always beautiful, and I’m sorry if that’s what’s coming across to you. I agree with you that sometimes we as Christians are taught to present a “perfect” life to people around us. This is wrong. We are all human and we all struggle. Sin has consequences we need to deal with, even if we are forgiven. I’m thankful that I was introduced to Jesus Christ at an early age and I don’t have to work through as much “baggage” as some people. All of the events I mentioned in this post happened after I accepted Jesus as my Saviour. I’ve had many days with tears. However, when I look at all that God has done for me and the way that He helps me, I can say that God is always enough.

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