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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, who has been married to her husband, Scott for 22 years. Lori is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. May her devotional deepen your spiritual walk with the Lord. – Charlyne

IS GOD ENOUGH?
 
I opened the mail and received a denial letter from our mortgage company. After living in the same house for 18 years, we made a mistake with our payment and didn’t realize that for 13 months we were paying less than our actual payment. I had spent hours on the phone with the mortgage company, hours writing letters, hours trying to figure out why we never received notification that we made a mistake. It looked as if our house would be foreclosed on. “That’s not fair, God!”

How can you foreclose when someone never missed a payment? More than a year passed with my husband and me exhausting our options. I would beg God, “We can’t take this. There is already so much burden on us.” That day, as I held yet another denial for our case, I spent a lot of time alone with the Lord. That day was a deciding factor in my life. Do I really trust God that He is enough? Do I trust that He always has my best interest at heart?

  • Was He enough when my parents divorced?
  • Was He enough when my son died?
  • Was He enough when my daughter was diagnosed with a rare medical condition?
  • Was He enough when my husband lost his job?
  • Was He enough?
God is enough
  • He is enough when your spouse walks out.
  • He is enough when your kids run away.
  • He is enough when you can’t pay your bills.
  • He is enough when your doctor gives you a diagnosis.
  • He is enough when a loved one dies.
  • He is enough when you can’t make sense of what is going on.
In the Bible, Job was a person who can identify with wondering, “Is God enough?” The Bible says Job was blameless and a man of integrity (Job 1:1). He had seven sons and three daughters. Job 1:6-12 tells us about an interaction between God and Satan. Satan was asking God for permission to test Job. Satan was sure that when tested, Job would curse God.

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”  Job 1:12

Job was tested. He lost everything. He lost his possessions, his children and his health. Job was consumed with grief but he still chose to praise God.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”  Job 1:21

Take time this weekend and read through the book of Job. He was struggling, his own wife wanted him to curse God (Job 1:9). Job’s friends even tried to convince him that the suffering he was going through was the result of his sin.

In Job 38-41, God begins to answer Job, not with a list of responses to the struggles Job has faced, but by asking Job questions that point to the greatness of God. Job eventually humbled himself and admits where he was wrong in blaming God.

Then Job replied to the Lord; “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”  Job 42:1-3

God restored Job. He made him prosperous and gave him twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10). Job went on to have more children and live a long life. 

God was enough!

This ministry hurts for what so many of you are going through. I remember as a child looking at my mom as one of the godliest women I knew and wondering why she had endured so much hardship. Both of her parents died when she was a young adult. Her brother died in the service. At that time, she was enduring severe marriage problems. I couldn’t understand it. The life of Job helps me understand.

God is enough

When you are in the midst of the struggle it is hard to remember that fact. Don’t ever forget it. That afternoon as I sat with what I considered to be another blow to the life of Lori in my hand, I asked God, “Why?” He was faithful and He answered me. He said…
 
I am enough.
I am enough. Even if you lose your home.
I am enough. Even if you lose your job.
I am enough. Even if you or your family get sick.
I am enough.

I know the struggles of life are hard. They can defeat you to the point you don’t even want to leave your house. Remember today that God is enough.

As I was writing this devotional, I had Pandora playing in the background. The song There’s Something About That Name by Bill Gaither came on. That was one of my dad’s favorites. The chorus says, “Jesus, Jesus, there’s something about that Name.” Today, the word, “Jesus” may be all that your soul can utter. That’s okay, His Name is enough.

(By the way, after two years of battling a bank, they realized what happened and got everything straightened out… God was enough! And even if they didn’t ever correct the mistake, He is still enough!)

God bless,

Lori Steinkamp Lassen
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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3 comments on “Charlyne Cares – IS GOD ENOUGH?
  1. Heidi Minor says:

    I know that my soul is weary and my heart is broken but, I serve a patient and loving God, who has seen me through the heart break of my husbands affair. I haven’t been perfect, I have wavered, been emotionally up and down, confident one minute and defeated the next, but Jesus has been so good and kind to me, He keeps drawing me back to Him. I repent for my unbelief, sadness, sorrow, despair and anger, and ask for Him to take it all and do whatever He wants with my life. My children see me struggle but love me everyday, praying for daddies return almost every night. Some days I am so sad that I don’t want to get out of bed, but my five kids are counting on me, my employers are counting on me, and God is asking me to believe in Him, and trust that He is enough, no matter what I face. He asked me months and months ago, if my husband was worth the wait, worth the struggle, worth the pain I was going to endure no matter what he chose, and I said absolutely he was, I can’t go back from that now. I know that Jesus is holding me as I cry, weep, grieve, and long for healing and restoration, I am just so thankful that I don’t have to be perfect to have His Love, Hope, Protection, and Forgiveness. I will do as God says, even if it means struggling to do so, I will stand for my marriage forever, by leaning on Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior to do so, because without Him, my marriage would be over. I give ALL the Glory to God for helping me in every moment, strong or weak, because this struggle is hard, it is more than I ever thought it would be, and it is not something that I believed I could handle. I love my husband and I will continue to ask God for the courage and strength I need to do whats right even when its harder than anything else I have ever done. I am praying for all standers who are struggling with their stand in any way, I am praying for standers who are facing divorce, and legal separation. I am praying for all standers who are seeing miracles and their suddenly come. May God bless you as you pray. Don’t give up standers. I know what it is like to lose hope,I know what it is like to lose heart and feel that my prayers were futile, but I won’t listen to the lies the enemy tells, believe in Jesus Christs ability to all things. Amen

    • Jane says:

      Thank you Heidi after 4 yrs standing I am weary and ready to give up as friends are telling me “we told u so hubby hasn’t returned ” but your words have encouraged me to keep standing i won’t listen to them God is enough Amen 🙂

  2. Kelie says:

    Thank you Lord….that you are enough in all my circumstances. Amen!!

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