By Kathy Johnston
“What comes into the mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us. We tend, by a secret law of the soul, to move toward our mental image of God.”
I was saved when I was very young, and I had a limited understanding of the gospel and who God really was. It was in my twenties when someone asked me if I wanted to really know God. They then held up their bible and said, “This is how you will know him…this is where he will reveal himself to you.” My heart was thirsty for more. I wanted to know him and fully trust him in every aspect of my life. I began to see that the more I understood who he was, the more I was able to trust him… even when times became dark and hazy and I couldn’t see clearly the way he was having me go.
I haven’t always stayed in this desperate pursuit of him. There have been times when I have been distracted and turned away pursuing other things, but he has faithfully pursued me and pulled me back into the place of sweet dependence on him, and not once has he ever let me down. He has always been enough.
When I see in the Word that God is self-sufficient, lacking nothing and needing no one, full of unimaginable and immense power, perfect knowledge and wisdom, I shake my head and wonder that he would even look at me.
As I read on in his Word, I discover that he is intensely personal, full of mercy, tender compassion and incredible patience; and I begin to see that I can trust him, even when I can’t see what’s in front of me. I learn that he is always faithful and there is no one like him (1). I read in Isaiah 40:15-18 that he actually has no need for me…but yet he chose me (2). Even more amazing, he gave his only Son to purchase us all back from the dominion of darkness (3). That blows my mind!
The fact is, God is incomprehensible. Our minds are incapable of grasping the greatness of who he is (4). I love how Louis Giglio shares about the magnificent greatness of God displayed in the universe in the video “How Great is Our God”.
Why do I say all of these things? Because there is no greater pursuit, than to know and be known by God. And if we don’t have a right understanding of who God is, we won’t trust him to be enough when we come up against the difficult circumstances we will face in life.
I love how this writer puts it: “Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued, investigation of the great subject of the Diety. The most excellent study for expanding the soul is the science of Christ and him crucified and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in the immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in it’s infinity…when we come to this master science, we find that our plumb line cannot sound it’s depth, and our eagle eye cannot see it’s height.” C.H. Spurgeon
How can we not agree with Job when he says, “And these are but the outer fringes of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?” (5)
When the eyes and ears of our souls begin to grasp his sufficiency in all things, we can only come to one conclusion: He. Is. Enough.
When your kids are driving you crazy, you will find strength and wisdom to show them his grace, because God is enough. (10)
When you see injustice around you, you will remember that God is just…and God is enough. (11)
God is gracious, full of goodness, mercy, kindness and love. There is nothing we need that is lacking in him. What a gift, that through his Word we can begin to understand just a smidgen of who he is and what he is like.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that not only has he saved us from the kingdom of darkness but he has given everything we need to live out his purpose for us on this earth. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
He is enough!