“You aren’t enough. But He is. “
Start With Prayer:
Dear God, please help me to hear you, and understand your message for me.
Saul was a very well trained, and highly respected leader in the Jewish faith, during Jesus’ time. Right after Jesus’ death, Saul led the charge in persecuting Christians, trying as hard as he could to squash the story of Jesus.
In an amazing story, that I’ll reserve for a later time, Jesus (post death) actually speaks to Saul, changing his name to Paul, and changing HIS HEART, to become one of Jesus’ biggest supporters. Paul then commits his life to spreading the word about Jesus, building the beginnings of the Christian Church.
Pride was always an issue for Paul, which he refers to, in his writings, as, a “thorn in his flesh.” We’re not sure of exactly what this “thorn,” was, however, we know that Paul had a humbling reminder that he wasn’t all that and a bag of chips.
This “thorn” reminded him that in his weakness, God made him strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But he (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
What’s the point?:
In the Background section, we just read about how Jesus did some pretty radical and amazing things in Paul’s life, but today’s verse shares of one, that might just become my new favorite.
Paul pleads with God to take away this, “thorn in his flesh,” But God’s response was, “My grace is sufficient … my power is made perfect in your weakness.”
While we are on this planet that is filled with imperfections .. suffering, sin, and pain … inevitably we are going to know hard times.
And often, it’s in those hard situations, that we find ourselves at the end of our rope claiming, “I can’t do this anymore. I’m not enough!”
While the cultural cliche these days is, “Girl, yes! Yes, you are enough!”
I have to say, I’m sorry, but no, no you’re not.
You’re not enough on your own power, to handle some of the pain that you’re forced to walk through. You’re not enough on your own power, to parent your children the absolute best way that they need each moment of every day.
You’re not enough, on your own power, to juggle work and health and families and community commitments.
But Jesus is enough.
When you reach the end of your ability to understand and navigate the pain … He will carry you the rest of the way.
When you reach the end of your ability to parent your children … He will step in and help both you and them.
When you reach the end of your ability to juggle it all … He will give you the rest that you need.
Alone, you are not enough, but He makes you enough … He makes perfection, out of your weakness.
You just have to allow Him to.
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
What area of your life do you struggle with the most?
Where do you feel like you just can’t keep it together?
Is it balancing the schedule of daily life?
Is it getting into that health and fitness routine?
Is it being the wife your husband needs, the child your parents need, the friend your friends need, the mom your children need?
Girlfriend, part of having a faith life, is taking those hard parts of your day and life to Jesus, and asking Him to help you through.
He may lay it on your heart that you need to rearrange the schedule a bit, or heaven forbid, He might actually say it’s time to take something off of your plate … to prioritize your commitments.
He may simply give you peace, to make it through those difficult seasons.
Regardless of what area it is that causes you to feel inadequate … take it to Him, and allow Him to set you free from the burden.