The question of the month for me has been “Is God good enough?” or in other words “When I go through hard times and trials in my life, is God all I need?”. I feel like I should know the answer to this question. I’m not bragging or anything but I’ve grown up in church my whole life, had my mom read me devotionals every night, even wore all of the cool bracelets with the weird acronyms on them (W.W.J.D. was ok but then the early 2000’s got weird with P.U.S.H.-Pray Until Something Happens, C.O.P.S.- Christians Obediently Preaching Salvation, Y2K- Yield to the King, and C.R.O.C.S – Chris Rocks of Course Silly. Two of those I made up). Of course, my answer back then would have been “yes God is enough for me to make it through tough times” but now that I’m going through some scary tough moments of my own my answer seems to be more flaky than a scrumptious Pillsbury Grand Buttermilk Biscuit (I just wanted to write the word scrumptious). I’ll be honest with you in that I’ve never actually had to struggle with this pressing question or have had my faith this tested until now. When certain dreams die, when people you love leave, when you feel the storm crash into the heart of where you were headed, is God the only one who can sustain you and carry you through?
These past few weeks I have been diving into the words Paul was able to write so long ago in the book of Philippians where he composes a letter of Christ as our strength during times of trouble. He makes the conclusion that whatever our circumstances may be we will always have a reason to rejoice and know that God will lead us through troubled times. After ten years of first preaching at Philippi Paul reflects at a prison in Rome all the lessons God has taught him. Paul learns over the years
and experiences to thank God for the dirty prison cells he called home from time to time. Paul learned to say “God is good enough” when every situation didn’t turn out his way. Through pain, grief, sorrow, suffering Paul was still able to say he had joy because God was all he needed. I know God loves me, I understand God has a plan for my life, I read about how God works all things for His good, so then why do I struggle so much when I am brought low with the idea that I should be content only in Him? Thank you, Paul, for writing this letter and helping me come to three conclusions I found in reading the book of Philippians.
1. Lay it all Out
In times where we seem to have lost go ahead and cry out to him, wrestle with every issue you have in your life, shout to the Lord of creation all your troubles and woes just whatever you do, don’t stop communicating. Sob, grieve, then give thanks and recognize that your maker cares for you more than anyone. God is there with you and understands the grief and the questions you’re asking him. Out of everyone who understands the most with what you’re dealing with, God gets it. When everything is removed, God cares.
“who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
2. Speak Truth