Enough is Enough
Is God's Presence Enough?
When fear and stress and uncertainty prompt us to cry out to God, one of his favorite responses is that he's with us and will never leave us or forsake us. But when life gives us sickness and despair and poverty and injustice, is God's presence enough? Wouldn't healing be better? Wouldn't a job or a house or a car be more useful than God's presence?
We all know the benefits of having a car or a job, but what about God's presence? Looking back on the times when I felt God was near, the benefits were:
- I felt better: Though I can't hold God's presence in my hands or deposit it in my bank account, it lifts my spirits. You know how you feel better when someone spends time with you or encourages you or smiles at you? Even if your circumstance hasn't changed, that kindness is like an emotional spoonful of sugar. Well, God's presence is like a ten pound bag of sugar taking the edge off life's bitterness.
- My mindset changed: God's presence reminds me that my present problems are temporary. When I'm focused on myself it's easy to miss the bigger picture, but his presence shifts my focus so I can glimpse my situation from his viewpoint. When God reminds me that he never gives me more than I can handle, my problems seem surmountable with his help.
- My hopes increased: Focusing on God reorients my priorities and positions me for his blessing. Psalm 37:4 says that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart. But if I never spend time with him, I could miss the blessings he has in store for me.
The next time you feel stressed and impatient with God's purpose or timing, I hope you'll consider just spending time with him. Whether you pray or read the Bible or enjoy nature, you might be surprised how much better you feel afterwards!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
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