In the fourth chapter of Luke’s gospel, Satan is found challenging Jesus with the following statement, “If you are the son of God…” Three times Jesus is questioned and three times He answers Satan with written word of God.
I believe Jesus responds this way not because He is unsure of who He is, but rather as an example to us on how to respond to Satan. We face many uncertainties and are tempted on every hand to, as the old hymn says, “Wander from this God I love.”
Recently, I have been hearing God’s voice asking, “Am I enough?” It is in response, I believe, to the age old yearning, “if I had just a little more.”
There is that little word if again. If I had this… if circumstances were different…
If, if, if…
If you entertain that mindset it will take you right out of that peace and rest of God that Jesus paid so great a price for us to freely enjoy. Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
No ifs, ands or buts.
Several years ago I was listening to a pastor on the radio tell a story of visiting a tsunami-ravaged island in Indonesia. As he walked through a devastated village near the beach, he saw a makeshift hut constructed of broken boards and scraps of debris. The pastor noticed a small sign above the doorpost that read, “Jesus is enough.”
Such clarity in the face of such adversity.
Written by Sam Weaver