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Is God Enough?

Is God enough? Not for most people. I know that because there would not be as much infidelity, pornography addiction, chemical dependency, physical abuse, sexual addiction, codependency, suicide, compulsivity, and on and on. Many mental disorders have as their base a physical deficiency similar to non-moral physical diseases that need to be addressed, but the reality is that God is ultimately the source of all healing whether through medicine or cognitive and behavioral changes.

There may not be enough AIDS anti-virus in this world to be given to every human on this planet who is affected by AIDS, but there is enough of God’s love to heal every person that ever lived at any time! God’s love is the antidote to the pain that all of us have experienced. It doesn’t numb from pain, it heals pain and the only side effect is the peace that passes understanding. Now that is a powerful love. That is an amazing love. That love costs nothing monetarily. Still, there are many more hurting, broken and wounded people searching for God’s love in the most unloving of places. Why is that? Receiving God’s love doesn’t cost anything, but it costs everything. You have to be willing to enter your pain with the belief that God’s love can heal it, and most of us are far too afraid of pain.

Our unwillingness to receive God’s love does not affect the fact that everyone is on a journey. Our journey ultimately will lead us to God. Even those who do not consciously regard God on this earth will end up facing Him. We will all stand before Him one day and the reality of our eternal destination will be determined by whether we believed He is enough.

God is enough to cover every single sin of every single person who ever lived. Somehow that seems easier for most people to believe than that God’s love can heal every single pain that any of us suffer. Henri Nouwen wrote:

“You have to trust that your experience of emptiness is not the final experience, that beyond it is a place where you are being held in love. As long as you do not trust that place beyond your emptiness, you cannot safely reenter the place of pain. ” [1]

All our pain has at its core the experience of not being loved. Not having a sense of being loved is the mission behind all of our dysfunctional behaviors and lifestyles. The first place we look for this kind of love is from the people who inhabit our world. We cannot give the love that is really needed to each other. The kind of love that centers you through pain and enables you to believe that there is a place beyond your pain can only be found in God.

Is God enough? I cannot absolutely guarantee many things in this changing world, but I can absolutely guarantee that He is and that His love will not be denied to anyone who asks. You must believe that He is greater than any pain you have, or any fears you can’t release before you will feel the love that Paul describes in Romans 8:37-39:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Yes, God’s love is enough.

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