Enough

“There is nothing my heart can crave for but He can more than satisfy.”
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

Who is ever satisfied?  Who has enough??  I’m not and don’t.  That is, not apart from Christ.

In his book, Broken-Down House, Paul Tripp notes that, “all Satan’s temptations, from Eden to now, come down to 1000 variations on the same lie : You Don’t Have Enough.”

Such craving and dissatisfaction leads to all manner of jealousy, envy, strife, violence, war, anger, bitterness, lust, and _____(your pick). 

Scriptures cover a lot of this ground, but here’s just a few instances of Never-enough:

“The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.”  Eccl.1:8

“Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.”  Prov 27:20

“All a man’s labour is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not satisfied.”  Eccl 6:7

[The rich man’s] eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked “And for whom am I labouring and depriving myself of pleasure?”  Eccl.  4:8

“There are three things that will not be satisfied, four that will not say “Enough”:  Death, the barren womb, earth that is never satisfied with water, and fire than never says ‘enough’.”  Proverbs 30:15-17

Paul Tripp also brings this up in his book, Whiter than Snow:

Enough is the persistent problem this side of eternity.  Enough is what we seldom seem to get right.  Enough is what trips us up, again and again.  Enough is one of our deepest sources of trouble.  Enough is what we find such difficulty in being satisfied with.  Although the definition is different for each of us the struggle with our enough is that it tends to keep expanding.  And when it does, we never seem to have enough.

What God has given you in the awesome gift of his grace in Christ Jesus is simply not enough.  Christ-satisfied hearts live joyfully inside of God’s will, while dissatisfied hearts fall prey to all kinds of temptations.  Enough is the war that rages inside us every day. 

A Christ-satisfied heart!  That’s what I want!  We can foster this contentment by focusing on Jesus Christ, His sacrifice, and His grace.   What does that look like?

~  We can be satisfied with His mercy/lovingkindness:

“O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”  Psalm 80:14

~ And His goodness:

“I will fill the soul of the ministers with abundance, and my people will be satisfied with My goodness.”  Jeremiah 31:14

~ And through worship:

 “We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.”  Psalm 65:4

~ By seeking the Lord:

“The afflicted will eat and be satisfied, those who seek Him will praise the Lord.  Let your heart live forever!”  Psalm 22:26

~ And through utter reliance on Jesus:

“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life!”  John 4:14

 Lord, we want you to be our Enough.  Satisfy us with your lovingkindness, so we may sing all of our days.   Amen. 

Here’s a song to sing today, which is also in the Blue Music box, so you can hear and worship!

Enough

by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
And still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
worth living for
And still more awesome than I know

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

Youre my sacrifice
Of greatest price
And still more awesome than I know
Youre the coming King
You are everything
And still more awesome than I know

More than all I want
More than all I need
You are more than enough for me
More than all I know
More than all I can say
You are more than enough for me!!!

5 thoughts on “Enough

  1. Can’t get enough of this post mom ! Love! timely, and it is a constant battle, even when we think it is not.. so true..

    • Joy,
      Thank you and glad it’s ministering to you. It’s been on my heart a long time, but just finally pulled all the pieces together, with the song. I wish I could grasp it fully, and live this out daily–that Jesus would be my enough! Love you sweetie!! Mom

  2. This is something Ted and I have talked about before too…”When is enough, enough?” It’s our human condition to always want more. Thank you for this reminder Linda. Love you!

  3. Many years ago I heard Larry Burkett address this issue of just “how much do you need? When is enough enough?” My heart is set on Kingdom. His Presence and missions. Stuff has become a snare to my soul. I have told friends don’t give me stuff. Donate to my next misison trip… I dont’ need anything else. Am wearing clothes that are 6 yrs old, some more than that! Don’t care. I am not living in abject poverty mind you, but I am so not into most of the church’s mindset of prosperity for me, me me. What about giving to the Kingdom? What about gaining financial increase simply for sowing it into expanding God’s Kingdom? That’s prosperity! I wish every American had a requirement to go to Africa, or So. America or Former Soviet Union countries and live for just 1 month under their conditions.

    We need to be so hungry for HIM that we forget all else except pleasing Him. And then if He pours blessings back on us (which He frequently does!- how wonderful, instead of us scraping and sorking to move up some ladder that really takes us down and not up?)
    Blessings to you!
    Nancy

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