So I’ve wondered. If I lost everything and everyone, would I be satisfied with Jesus alone? It’s not a question of whether Jesus is sufficient. He is the almighty, eternal God; King of kings; the Word who created the universe; all holiness; all righteousness; the One who is fearsome and magnificent beyond human comprehension; loving beyond all measure.
Jesus is all anyone needs. As the Bible says, “He upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3).” Jesus described Himself as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Isn’t that immensely more than enough?
I just need to emblazon these truths on the depths of my being. If Jesus is not enough for me, then I’ve forgotten who He is and all He has done for me. I’ve denied God’s power that defeated sin, satan, and death on the cross. The power that raised Jesus from the dead. The power that now, through His saving blood, lives inside of me.
Granted, we can’t anticipate devastating events that could leave us feeling abandoned or hopeless. But we can prepare for them ahead of time by nurturing and cherishing our relationship with Jesus Christ. The closer we stay to Him, the clearer it becomes that God will keep His promise never to leave or forsake us. Jesus is our strength, our shield, our hope.
Whatever comes, He will give us the grace we need to go on, even when we think we can’t. He keeps His promises, so I know He will see my friend through her fiery trial. And I believe He will give me whatever I need in my own times of trouble.
God’s presence may seem far away when our emotions leave us drained, angry, hopeless, or devoid of feeling. But His Word assures us that Jesus is with us in the midst of our troubles. He said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV). We just have to trust what God’s Word tells us about Him and live in the victory Jesus has already won.
Now it’s your turn to ponder the question. Is Jesus enough for you?
© Jeanne Gowen Dennis
Today, many people will march for life, remembering all the babies killed by abortion since Roe v. Wade. As they join in solidarity for the unborn who are yet to be saved from abortionists, they will probably find some support, much indifference, and quite a bit of hostility.
But why the hostility? I don’t understand why many of the same people who scream to keep abortion legal would also fight to protect unborn animals of an endangered species. Deep down, they know a human fetus is a baby as much as an unborn Sumatran tiger is a tiger. I can only conclude that ignorance resulting from propaganda, spiritual blindness, or unresolved guilt drives their passionate support for abortion.
“Pro-choice” rhetoric, when it is not merely for profit, could be an unconscious cover-up by those who have had, urged, forced someone to have, or performed abortions. These passionate calls for “choice” might simply be people’s attempts to justify their own sins and harden their hearts against the pain of guilt.
For women who have had abortions, is theirs truly a call to freedom for other women? Or is it an effort to sear their consciences, an attempt to erase from memory their selfish or fearful actions and the unthinkable crimes against their own children – a horror they can never undo?
To women who have walked this road, please hear me. No amount of rationalizing or protest can take away the sting of guilt, the pain of loss, the private aching of empty arms. Only the love of Jesus can give you what your heart truly seeks.
You have the freedom of choice right now. The choice to choose or reject the free gift God offers: cleansing and forgiveness for every sin, and eternal life in Jesus. He already paid for the crime you committed against yourself and your child. He willingly paid the penalty for everything you’ve ever done, every way you’ve ever messed up.
Jesus knows your pain, because He bore it on the cross. Trust Him. Believe in Him. You can make the choice right now to start fresh. To turn away from sin and selfishness. Only in Jesus, will you have forgiveness, fullness, family, and a freedom no one can ever take away.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 ESV)
True freedom of choice comes only from God – the choice to love and obey Him, or not.