by Pastor Kevin Bell
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‘And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:19).
Is it really true that God is all we need, that God is enough for us?
What would the person say who has waited on God for years to heal them, and nothing changes? What about the parents who have watched helplessly year after year as their child makes self-destructive choices? Is God enough? What about this pandemic that is killing thousands and destroying livelihoods all over the world?
Is God enough? … when we are in the pain and agony or are struggling with our faith? When tragedy strikes? When God seems indifferent to our pain, and when our prayers seem to hit a brick wall?
Martin Luther wrote of his struggle with God over the illness of his friend Philip Melancthon: ‘This time I besought the Almighty with great vigour. I attacked Him with His own weapons, quoting from Scripture all the promises that I could remember, that prayers should be granted, and said that He must grant my prayer, if I was henceforth to put faith in His promises.’
Remember that God is bound by his promises. He won’t go back on what he has promised you, and he has given you more than enough promises to cling to: ‘Ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you’, ‘I will never leave you; I will never forsake you’, ‘My grace is sufficient’, ‘In all things God works for the good of those who love him’.
Take heart that God sees the big picture. He sees life from beginning to the end – ‘the whole thing’ – and invites us not to seek an answer that seems right to us, but to put our hope and trust in him, who sees all and knows all.
Father, as we struggle with the pain and hurts of this life, as we wrestle with you over things that seem to be unfair, help us to hold on to the truth that you are all we need and your grace is more than enough for us. Help us to direct our hope toward you, not glued onto our needs, and to wait patiently and confidently until we are with you. Amen.