“And my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19 (New International Version)
If it were just me and Jesus, would it be enough?
I’ve been challenged by this question lately. Lately I’ve found myself getting side-tracked from quiet times with God. I reach for my smart phone, the iPad, I get busy picking up the house, or rush off to spend time with a friend as some of the first tasks of my day. If I don’t reach for my Bible first and go to a room where I can shut a door, I easily get distracted by other things. Things that give me temporary joy.
I have to admit, playing with my iPad is more enticing than cuddling up with the book of Exodus. Meeting a friend for coffee is sweet because I receive affirmation and understanding. Lately I’ve been convicted that if were just me and Jesus, would that be enough?
I recently watched a live drama of Jesus’ life. I was so captivated by it, feeling like I was physically near Him, and I hungered for more and more interaction with Him. His words were alive as I experienced Him “in person.”
He seemed so real.
I was reminded I have access to the same Jesus every day. His words are just as powerful to me when I read them in His Word. What’s stopping me from excitedly seeking more of Him through Bible Study, prayer, or quiet time in His presence?
The days I do run to Him first, I admit it’s often out of need, “Lord, help me!” What would it be like if I allowed Him to meet my morning craving for fun (iPad), food, or fellowship (friend-time)? Would I anticipate meeting Him authentically and excitedly like those He walked with in person?
Several years ago God convicted me in a similar way. While experiencing grief and depression, one cold winter day I stood in my kitchen crying out to God,
“How could you let me love someone so much, that when they are gone it hurts this much?”
And He answered, “As much as you loved her, I want you to love me more.”
This made me realize how people in my life satisfied parts of me that Jesus Himself desired to fulfill. A few years later, after being emotionally stripped and wondering if I could trust anyone, God challenged me again with, “Am I enough?”
I often hear of how we are to be like Jesus, but I wonder, if everything was stripped away, would Jesus, Himself, be enough for us? Do we delight in Him alone, allowing Him to satisfy our deepest need, instead of allowing things, people, or self-gratification to fulfill?
Every day I have the choice to let Jesus satisfy even the most mundane, to the point I hunger for more, pursuing Him above else.
The challenge becomes, will I?
Lord Jesus, give each of us a hunger for You alone. Equip us to want more of you, pursuing you above all else. Help us rest in the truth that You are completely enough. In this moment, thank you for meeting our every need.