At times, especially during a hard trial or excruciating pain, we may begin to wonder what separates us from unbelievers in their trials. We may question what the difference really is? We all suffer, we all cry, we all get confused. But there is a difference, an immense difference. The unbeliever’s god is his belly, but our God is the Creator of the Universe, the One who says a word and it happens. So, if God said He will be our Father, guiding, protecting, and loving us, why do we not feel this at times? Although God, who forced His will upon the rest of Creation, does not force His will on mankind, He requires that we, out of our own will, would fill ourselves with the knowledge of His Word, living in a close relationship with Him, humbling ourselves, completely trusting in Him. God truly is enough, but do we live as though He is enough?
As a born-again believer, God has given you and me all we need in order to be “more than conquerors” in life, and live a truly godly life. This is not conditioned by the severity of our circumstances, but is a reality especially in the hardest trials of life. We know this because Paul said he was more than conqueror through tribulation, distress, persecution, nakedness, peril, and sword. How dare we wallow in the mire of depression, self-pity, and bitterness because of past mistreatment, rejection, loss of loved ones, or loss of relationships, when God’s grace will enable us to be super-victorious? Sometimes we may excuse ourselves by saying, “I’m not the apostle Paul”. But the apostle himself said it was only when he was weak that he was the strongest through Christ. It was when he emptied himself of “Paul” that he was the strongest. God is enough, but we must humble ourselves, as Paul did.
You may doubt the statement that God will give you all you need, but the Bible really says so: “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Could it be that we fail to experience the fullness of this reality simply because we don’t believe it? God is enough, but without faith we cannot please Him, and much less experience His power in us.
Or maybe we are suffering from a case of “zeal without knowledge”? We are excited for the Lord and want to do what is right, but we don’t know enough of God’s Word to know how to do what is right. The Bible says that God has given us all things “through the knowledge of him”. This means that God can only give us His power when His Word dwells in us, as Paul says in another place: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.” In order to experience the fullness of God’s power, we must have a deep knowledge of the written Word, the Bible, and a deep relationship with the living Word, Jesus Christ. This is clearly taught by Christ Himself in His defense before Satan: “It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Do we know every word of God? Are we at least working diligently towards that goal? If not, why are we surprised when we don’t fully experience God’s power in our lives? God is enough, and He has given us all we need through His Spirit and His Word. Are we diligent in feeding from the Bible?
God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” If we are not experiencing this we dare not blame our circumstances, our father and mother, or God! Rather, we should be deeply ashamed of ourselves for being faithless, claiming to belong to God but failing to identify ourselves with Him and His power. Sin and unbelief in our lives prevent us from experiencing this, and bitterness and pride are two idols that prevent God from taking control of our hearts. God is truly enough, but are we humble, full of faith in God’s Word and provision, living daily in a close relationship with Him?