Do You Believe God’s Love is Enough? | By Kate Hendrick

Our identity as children of God isn’t just a comforting answer when we feel lonely. It isn’t something to build us up so we can accomplish some earthly goal. It isn’t an affirmation we hang on our bathroom mirror to cheer us up after a rough day. Our identity as God’s children is the answer to the most important questions in our lives. It reveals who we were created to be. How we were created to live. The only way to weather the storms, to survive the floods, is to grab hold of God's love.

When it rains, it pours.

We’ve all heard the saying and most of us have experienced a few emotional and spiritual floods in our lifetime.  

A gentle rain quickly escalating to a full on deluge; gushing water sweeping us off our feet and threatening to hold us under the current until we’ve nothing left to fight with.

My personal flood came in 2015.

Academic challenges.
A devastating break-up.
A shocking medical diagnosis.

This sudden onslaught of emotional and physical storms left me feeling broken and lost.

By the grace of God, the rushing current washed me straight to a conference packed with thousands of Christians at varying points in their faith journey.

On the final evening of the conference, I found myself experiencing that familiar feeling of isolation and loneliness. 

In a room full of people, I felt like the only person under water. Struggling for breath.

I drifted to the makeshift chapel in one of the small conference rooms of the hotel.

I looked at our Lord, there in the True Presence, and described what was going on in my heart.

I talked about how broken and lonely and lost I was feeling, and I begged Him to tell me what to do.

To my surprise and wonder, He answered.

It wasn’t a loud booming voice or a mysterious wind; God spoke to me by making three simple words overtake my mind.

Our identity as children of God isn’t just a comforting answer when we feel lonely. It isn’t something to build us up so we can accomplish some earthly goal. It isn’t an affirmation we hang on our bathroom mirror to cheer us up after a rough day. Our identity as God’s children is the answer to the most important questions in our lives. It reveals who we were created to be. How we were created to live. The only way to weather the storms, to survive the floods, is to grab hold of God's love.

“You are mine.”

Most people would’ve just stopped there; hearing God speak so clearly would’ve been enough.

I, however, wasn’t satisfied with His answer.

I wanted—needed—something more.

Desperate for Him to tell me what direction I should take to get my life back on track, I begged for more.

He answered a second time.

“You are mine and that is enough.”

At the time, I thought God was simply giving me words of comfort.

I figured He wanted me to feel His love and would give me further direction when I was ready. 

I realize now that He was giving me direction for the rest of my life.

God was telling me what every Christian needs to understand about their identity.

Our identity as children of God isn’t just a comforting answer when we feel lonely. It isn’t something to build us up so we can accomplish some earthly goal. It isn’t an affirmation we hang on our bathroom mirror to cheer us up after a rough day. Our identity as God’s children is the answer to the most important questions in our lives. It reveals who we were created to be. How we were created to live. The only way to weather the storms, to survive the floods, is to grab hold of God's love.

“You are mine.”

When God spoke these words to me, I was just beginning to grasp my identity as His daughter.

God intended for each and every one of us to be His children.

Our entire existence hinges on God’s unconditional love for us.

There is nothing we can do to make God stop loving us.

In the brokenness of the world, we fall into the trap of believing we are deserving of the imperfect love we receive.

We mistakenly base our identity on how others treat us.

Yet God tells us that was never His plan.

 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. -Romans 8:27-29

If death cannot destroy this infinite and perfect love, then a failed test or relationship surely lack the power to divert God’s love.

We are God’s children.
He loves us beyond comprehension.
No earthly thing has the power to change this fact.

There are countless demonstrations of God’s love in Scripture because He is love (1 John 4:8).

All He asks is we love Him in return.

“That is enough.”

I was seeking answers to so many questions while ignoring the biggest question of all: “what is the meaning of my life?”

Knowing my identity is God’s daughter reveals the answer: the meaning of my life is to know, love, and serve God.

In those precious moments at the conference, I thought God was reminding me how much He loved me so I could heal, then He would give me answers to all my burning questions.

Why did he allow me to get so sick? What path is He asking me to take? How can I find real love here on earth when I feel irredeemable, unlovable?

I’ve now come to realize that my identity as God’s daughter isn’t a temporary life buoy for the storms in this season.

It is the ultimate answer to my ultimate questions.

Our identity as children of God isn’t just a comforting answer when we feel lonely. It isn’t something to build us up so we can accomplish some earthly goal. It isn’t an affirmation we hang on our bathroom mirror to cheer us up after a rough day. Our identity as God’s children is the answer to the most important questions in our lives. It reveals who we were created to be. How we were created to live. The only way to weather the storms, to survive the floods, is to grab hold of God's love.

That’s all there is.

Because we are made in God’s image, we have pieces of His perfect love within us.

Fragments of our hearts crying out in desperation for the One who is love.

Yet, we live in a world plagued with sin.

Sin separates us from God’s perfect love.

Thankfully, God sent His only Son to save us from our sins.

Romans 8:32 tells us Jesus Christ generously gave us himself, the perfect sacrifice, as a gift.

When we turn to Christ, repent for our sins, and offer our lives as a sacrifice, we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

In response, we are to accept this gift by “offering every part of [ourselves] to him as an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:13).”

God must be at the center of our lives, in the forefront of our minds, the motivation for everything we do.

When we orient our lives in this direction, we will find contentment and joy in the midst of the storm.

The only way to weather the storms, to survive the floods, is to grab hold of God’s life buoy—His everlasting, redeeming love.

Because it is enough.

Our identity as children of God isn’t just a comforting answer when we feel lonely. It isn’t something to build us up so we can accomplish some earthly goal. It isn’t an affirmation we hang on our bathroom mirror to cheer us up after a rough day. Our identity as God’s children is the answer to the most important questions in our lives. It reveals who we were created to be. How we were created to live. The only way to weather the storms, to survive the floods, is to grab hold of God's love.

A few closing thoughts…

Our identity as children of God isn’t just a comforting answer when we feel lonely.

It isn’t something to build us up so we can accomplish some earthly goal.

It isn’t an affirmation we hang on our bathroom mirror to cheer us up after a rough day.

Our identity as God’s children is the answer to the most important questions in our lives.

It reveals who we were created to be. How we were created to live.

Where do you look for comfort when the storm clouds build on the horizon and the flood waters threaten to destroy all you hold dear? 

If you’ve found comfort and assurance in God’s love—even in the midst of the storm—I’d love to hear your testimony in the comments below.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;  his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.  -Psalm 107:1-2


 

Kate Hendrick is a process engineer who blogs at Stumbling Toward Sainthood. The purpose of Stumbling Toward Sainthood is to discuss the challenges we face as we strive to live authentically Christian lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 


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26 thoughts on “Do You Believe God’s Love is Enough? | By Kate Hendrick

  1. I totally agree that “The only way to weather the storms, is to grab hold of God’s life buoy—His everlasting, redeeming love” because in many cases we have nothing else to grab onto and also in many cases noone else can save us – only God. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Miriam, that is a great point! I think sometimes we try to grab onto the first thing we see which can also get swept away in the storm. You are absolutely right that God is the only one who can save us in these trials.

  2. Sarah and Kate, thank you for this! Kate, I really appreciate your point that we tend to think God’s answering us to heal us now or address the need we perceive now, but His answers are about much more than that! A difficult time in my life comes to mind immediately- my natural (and reasonable!) response to some of the difficulties then was “I can’t….” and God faithfully answered over and over “But I can.” I thought “He can” was just for that particular challenge and season, but long after that time period, part of my relationship with God is confidence that even though I can’t, He can- and that matters in SO much. Anyway, that you for testifying to His goodness and the truth, what a blessing to read this morning!

    1. Bethany, I love that perspective! I can definitely relate to the feeling that I can’t do something on my own only to have God remind me that He is there. We aren’t expected to do these things on our own; He is there ready to help. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts and for your very kind words!

  3. well said. God love is enough… he never cheated on you, he is always with us. for hose who truly love god, no one can hurt them.

    1. Laura, it is a deceivingly simple answer, yet God waits patiently and lovingly for us as we come to understand this beautiful identity as daughters of God. Thank you for your kind words!

  4. There was one year when my #OneWord for the year was ENOUGH. I felt that I really needed to come to grips with God being more than enough for me. It was certainly a year when God grew me and stretched me. And even now, He continues to remind me, ‘yes, I am ENOUGH for you’.
    I’m so thankful that you too are on that journey, Kate.
    Wishing you blessings!

    1. Marva, it’s beautiful to read about how God has worked (and is working) in other’s lives so thank you for sharing your experience. I love that you had a focus on one word! Its encouraging to hear other people are on the same journey. 🙂 Christ’s blessings be with you.

  5. I have found that if Christ is not at the center of every breath I breathe, there is an emptiness to life. So thankful He fills that emptiness with His presence and overwhelming love! Great post!

  6. What a great post! I love the “you are mine” and “I am enough.” In the past, I have searched for answers and googled myself silly spending hours trying to control the hard seasons. I love the simplicity of the words, but during these tough seasons, it’s hard to live them out.
    Each hard time makes it a little easier. I hope I can get confident in His words soon:)
    Visiting from #MomentsofHope

    1. It is hard, but praise God for his unending goodness even in those tough seasons. One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 12:9; it helps me during the hard times to remember that is exactly when God can work best.

  7. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are his workmanship – his “Poiema”. Not only are we His, but who can imagine God’s workmanship being anything less that a masterpiece or poem of epic proportions. Believing this is one thing, but feeling this down in our bones when the storms hit can be difficult. I love that we have the body of Christ to encourage us and remind us of who we are and whose we are in those time.

  8. I am so blessed to have come here today. Far too often, I forget that He loves me and He is enough. I think I need so much more and I do not. Praising Him for His abundant love for us. He rains His grace upon us so that we may walk in His love~

  9. Loneliness is such an empty emotion that so many of us experience at some point in life. I could totally relate when you said you felt alone in a room full of people. In the midst of my loneliness I really had to answer this question that I read in a book by Max Lucado:
    If God NEVER __________________, is Christ enough?
    In my case, it was “If God NEVER allows me to get pregnant, is Christ enough?”
    It is actually ironic, because I posted about this very journey through loneliness on my blog today. How crazy is that? I feel like the Lord must need a LOT of people to be reminded of HIS truth today: that HE IS ENOUGH!!
    Thank you for sharing your heart!

  10. So true, His love is everything, it is the strength for my day, my hour, and this very moment. I have struggled with many health issues over the last few years, and this has been a repeated lesson that just recently settled in and made its self at home, although I keep learning more about the many aspects of this one simple yet so complex truth. Love this post, it brings home so many points, great reminders. Thank you! Always, Always, nice to know your not alone!

    1. Debra, I think the ongoing challenges with health really help solidify this simple yet complex truth. You are absolutely never alone! Another blogger (Annie at Catholic Wife, Catholic Life) wrote how it is strangely a blessing to be in solidarity with others dealing with he’s issues. We also have Christ who has carried all these burdens. Thank you for your thoughts.

  11. Understanding God’s love is something I’ve been chasing ever since salvation. Yet, it’s really so simple. I am His and that’s all that matters. Thank you for the beautiful reminder that He loves me this morning.

    1. Barbie, it is such a simple truth, but one we continually seek to understand in our Christian journey. I think that’s one of the beautiful things: we can always grow deeper in our understanding of God’s love because it is infinite.

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