Enough for Me, Enough for You
Pain, grief, hardship, and despair can often feel paralyzing. The death of a loved one. The loss of a job. The frightening diagnosis. The unexpected blow to your bank account. If we’re truly honest with ourselves, at some point or another, we have all asked the questions, God . . . Are you really there? Do you see what I’m going through? Why won’t you intervene?
In Dr. Stanley’s article, “In Times of Trouble,” he says, “Our biggest problem in dark valleys is that we struggle to believe God is enough.” Though we may not actually utter the words, God, I don’t believe you are enough, we demonstrate that very sentiment when we lean into our own strengths rather than His.
But what about the times when we cannot see Him at all? We believe He is sovereign, and we believe He has good plans for us (Jer. 29:11), but sometimes it’s difficult for our hearts to be convinced of what our brains already know. We may remind ourselves over and over that He will never fail us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6), but when our hearts ache, reason rarely offers the comfort we seek.
In his article, Dr. Stanley references 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, a passage that most of us find familiar, and he comes to a reassuring conclusion: “Because he [Paul] believed what the Lord said, he found comfort even though the pain was still there” (emphasis added). Our Father never once demanded that we scrape ourselves up from the low places and carry on as though nothing had happened. Life is hard, heartache is real, and we don’t have to hurriedly wipe away tears, pretending that everything is just peachy. God longs to comfort us and only asks that as we ache, we remember and trust in the truth that He is enough.
The key element to our faith in Christ is belief, and though the brokenness may not subside for some time, our hurt is no indicator of the strength of our faith. Thank God that in His goodness, He makes us strong, even when we cannot see past the fragments of our pain. Be real with Him. Cry, laugh, or shout to the rooftops if it helps—He can handle it all. And the beautiful thing is that not only is He able, He is willing. Hurt may hang around for a long time, but He will be around even longer.
Written By Erin Chewning