In 2002 there was a movie called Enough starring famous actress Jennifer Lopez as the main character, playing the part of a domestic abuse victim by her husband. The film is based on the fact that she had had enough physical, mental, and emotional abuse from her husband. So Slim (Jennifer Lopez) prepared herself mentally and physically for a fight she never thought she would have to have in her life because she had ENOUGH! This is one way enough has had an impact on her life or even your life. This however is not the only way we can look at enough.
How about you? What is your breaking point? Who is enough for you in your life?
I want to hone in on the last question for this post. Who is enough for you in your life? Just like Slim, the actress, had to do whatever she needed to protect her and her child, we needed to do everything we needed to do to protect our relationship with God. Let's review a scene in the bible where the Israelites rejected God and asked for a physical king they could see. The story can be found in 1 Samuel 8 (NIV); here is a snippet:
4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
5 They told him, "You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a
king to lead[b] us as all the other nations have."
6 But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed
to the Lord.
7 And the Lord told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you;
it is not you, they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.
This bible passage has always made me sad each time I read and hear it. Why? You ask because God says my people are rejecting me, they don't want me, and all I have done and sacrificed for them seems null and void just because they want to fit in with all the other nations around them. They want to be just like them; they have not figured out they will never be like anyone else because they are unique and set apart. So I choose them; for whatever reason, they cannot perceive and receive how amazing they are, and they have the greatest gift in the world, me, at their fingertips. I want to do it all for them. I want the best for them. I want them to live in abundance. I want them to have all their hearts desire. I want it for them, but they cannot see past their nose and would instead reject me to have a man rule over them that cannot do even a fourth of what I can and want to do for them.
Yes, that's a mouth full, but think for a moment how true this is in your life. I will give you another moment to ponder. What exactly are you replacing God for? Sleep. Work. Friends. Children. Outings. Television. Idleness. When will God, Himself, solely God be ENOUGH for you? For me?
I'm not perfect, fam, and I need God to be head and lead my life. I need God to be enough for me more than I want Him to be enough. I need Him to be enough, indeed. So what ideas and mindsets do I need to put away to ensure I don't reject Him for something less?
Father God, your word says in Psalms 86:11-12 (NIV) to Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, Lord, my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Father, I want to serve You, only You, with an undivided heart. I need Your wisdom to serve You, even though I cannot physically see you, and You are not a man that I can touch. Lord, let that be enough for me, for us. I do not want to reject You to chase after something and someone less than You. Without a shadow of a doubt, You are enough for me, Lord, just as You are. I honor You! I glorify You! You have chosen me. I choose you. I praise You with my life and surrender all I am to You. You are enough, God! In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.
Living in, on, and for purpose, are you?