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?
- 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.
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 songThere’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!)
Lori Steinkamp Lassen
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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