The article recounted a time when the author encountered a fire 3 doors away from his house. At that moment, he was thinking about his loss of all earthly possessions; the sinful dependence of earthly goods was exposed as he envisioned a future without clothes, furniture, and worst of all theology books.
Then, he thought about is Jesus really enough? And at that moment, upon seeing he have health and his wife, it suddenly clicked that Jesus is not only necessary, He is enough.
Each of us by nature is determined to make life work without Christ. There is this vacuum in us that we will like to fill anything. However, our sinful flesh refuses to feed on Christ, leaving us painfully empty and ever more determined to find satisfaction somewhere or in someone else.
However, in Philippians 4:11-13, Paul tell us that he learned to be “content” in the midst of any circumstances. The secret of how to go about doing it is: Christ! For “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) We must say it and confess it out loud.
Try to ask yourself these questions: Why do I not give myself wholly to Christ? Why do I keep tight emotional grip of material possessions, allowing them to cloud my commitment to Christ? Why do I vigorously defend myself when unjustly slandered?
It is Fear in us that allow such things to happen. It is not that we do not love our Saviour or ungrateful for His multitude blessings. What is lacking is a simple faith that God is both willing and able to provide for the needs of those who risk everything in the pursuit of holiness.
Those who lack faith are often people who have experience of betrayal by someone we deeply loved. Human love is fickle. People are often painfully unreliable. And some make the tragic mistake of thinking God is no better. We are afraid that our most urgent needs will go unmet, and the prospect of more disappointment and emotional pain is simply too horrifying to ignore. But human failure is not the measure of divine fidelity.
He is reliable and will never forsake you. Paul is telling us that no loss is ultimate, no impoverishment irreparable, as long as we have Christ.
Yet some of us have difficulty trusting that Jesus will meet our needs because we doubt that He truly understands our pain-the kind of pain no one sees. We all know that Jesus suffered physically. But our suffering is on the inside. What can Jesus possibly do about that?
Joni Eareckson Tada wisely points us to Isaiah 53. One of the first things we notice is that our Lord was probably not the most handsome guy in the ancient world. In verse 2-3 we are told,
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Evidently Jesus knew what it was like to be ignored. He knew what it was like to be laugh at. He knew the pain of loneliness and rejection that comes from being average-looking, or perhaps even downright unattractive.
Hebrew 4:15 also shows that Jesus walked on earth, went through every human emotion so that He could identify with us in all points. He knows exactly what you are going through and He can sympathize with your weaknesses because He was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”.
Everybody turned away from Him. Alone, Jesus shouldered the burden of our sin and rebellion. Just as you have felt stab of other people’s pity or the indifference of uncaring friends, Jesus, too, endured the sting of rebuff and ache of loneliness. He felt the awful realization that no one was on His side. No one bothered to listen or care.
Jesus does understand the ache on the inside. Jesus knows who you are, where you are, and better still knows how you feel. When no one else is around, or even cares to be, Jesus is. You see, we never really know Jesus is enough until He’s all we’ve got left.