As I sat in my comfortable chair and mused over my coffee and morning reading the question came to my mind, Is God enough? Of course my first reaction was, sure I believe God is enough. But is He? Do I really believe it? Like the previews you see at the theater scenes of my life begin to flash through my head. During the times of life when everything is good it's easy to believe that He is enough. In the dark places and in the midst of conflict and opposition I forget that the same God is present with me in them. I get paralyzed by and capitulate to my greatest fears and begin to doubt that He really is enough. The promise to me and us in every season and situation is that we will not want for anything because He is enough.
As I read through Psalm 23 I was reminded of these things:
- When I trust that God is enough I will not want anything more or less than Him.
When I trust and rest in the Lord, my Shepherd, I find that He is enough in every season, situation, and circumstance of life. When the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want or be in want of anything more or less than Him.
- In seasons of rest and restoration He is enough.
He is the Shepherd of my green pastures, still waters, and paths of righteousness. These are places of His gracious provision where He makes me rest, leads me to restoration, and He gives me His righteousness for His name sake. The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.
- In dark valleys, moments of desperation, and despair He is enough.
He is the Shepherd of my deep and dark valleys. We all have times where it seems our Shepherd can't be found. Our situations seem so dark. Our emotions get filled with fear and doubt. Sometimes in the dark valleys of life panic sets in and it seems like everything and everyone is against us. Our Shepherd promises to be with us in the darkness. He promises to be with me, comfort me, protect me, and guide me to the other side of the dark valleys of life. So, even in the dark times the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
- At the table of relationship where there can be celebration, feasting, conflict, discord, and even opposition, He is enough.
He is the Shepherd of the table. The table is the place of feasting and relationship. It is a place of celebration and joy. He has promised to prepare this place even in the presence of my enemies. In the seasons and situations of life that we walk through relational discord, strife, conflict, and even opposition the Lord has prepared a table for us to delight in all of His goodness, grace, and mercy. At His table and in His presence there is joy. His joy is our strength. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. So, at the table the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
- When He is enough the outflow of our life will be characterized by goodness, love, and mercy.
When we trust the Lord to be our Shepherd, no matter the season, situation, or circumstance goodness, love, and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives. These characteristics will be the outflow of lives that are being lived abundantly in the presence of our great Shepherd. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
Though THE STRUGGLE IS REAL, the Lord is our Shepherd, we shall not want. No matter where we are today we can know that He is enough. Be encouraged!