Is God Enough?
By Wendy Sauers
I recently went
to an event called Creation 2004. It entails live music, teaching,
worship, and more. There is available rock climbing, bungee jumping
(of sorts), a music store, a small convenience store, yummy carnival
food, and many other vendors.
Among the list
of speakers were Eastman Curtis, Paul Boloche, Joshua Harris, Luis
Palau, David Nasser, Josh McDowell, Ryan Dobson, Mike Silva and
more. Famous music groups included Casting Crowns, Audio Adrenaline,
Jeremy Camp, Out of Eden, Toby Mac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Delirious,
Newsboys, Reliant K, Switchfoot, Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch and
many more. We shared communion one evening and Saturday saw baptisms
in a pond. When I say we, Im talking about 60,000
I have never
been anywhere where so many people love their Lord. Singing and
praising God in some way started at 9:00am and continued until midnight
(give or take 30 minutes.) The main speakers in the evenings spoke
so eloquently that thousands of people came to Christ. Among this
crowd of people, I saw only 1 person smoking, I heard no profanity,
and there were more thank yous and excuse mes than Ive
ever heard before. This event was truly a blessing to me in many
ways. One of which was that as I stood and worshipped God in song
with arms raised in the midst of all the thousands of people, feeling
Gods presence so strongly, I thought it surely was the closest
I was going to get to knowing what heaven would be like.
There are many
messages I could share from the Creation event. Id like to
share the message from Joshua Harris titled Is God Enough?
A meditation on Psalm 73. I wont write out the entire
Psalm, but I would urge you to read it. It is written by Asaph,
a leader of a temple choir.
the Psalm by saying that surely God is good to the upright. But
that he has almost stumbled, he almost slipped away from God. He
is envious of the arrogant. And he sees that the wicked prosper.
The wicked wear pride like a neckless, they dont get into
trouble, they swell with fatness. Asaph sees others looking up to
these people. They are always at ease. They continue to increase
in their riches. This is so incredibly relevant in todays
world. As a Christian today it is so easy to make choices that are
of the world. Close to my heart are allowing leniency with our children.
Wearing risky clothes, dating too young, watching TV shows that
are inappropriate, just to name a few. Asaph begins to question
himself, thinking that it has been in vain that he has kept a clean
heart. Why should he strive to live as God would want him to live
when all around him people who dont care about God are prospering.
But then he writes But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to be a wearisome task,. He admittedly states that
it is wearying or tiring to understand why the wicked prosper and
the clean of heart are troubled. He continues, until I went
into the sanctuary of God;. There it is the key to
it all - until you go into the sanctuary of God. When you commune
with God, enter His sanctuary, be one with Him, you know that living
with a clean heart is the right way to live. It is the way to bring
honor and glory to our King. And when you have been in the sanctuary
of God you can emphatically say YES, GOD IS ENOUGH!! He is your
all in all, the great I AM. Verse 26 says this: My flesh and
my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion
forever. The wicked will be judged and will perish, but the
clean of heart will live forever.
My hope is that
this Psalm will encourage you. It certainly encourages me. It is
very easy to view the wickedness of this world as the right way
to live. Social pressures, peer pressure are most times stronger
than our faith. We must remember to live for Jesus all the time,
not just some of the time. Another speaker said the following, we
were created once and we were bought once. God created us
in His likeness to be His children and He bought us with the blood
of His son, Jesus. We must serve Him, not the riches of this life
here on earth.
said to them all, If any want to become my followers, let
them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever
follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of
life.' -John 8:12
fear, for I am with you,
be afraid, for I am your God,
strengthen you, I will help you,
uphold you with my victorious right hand." -Isaiah 41:10
Thank You for
allowing us, Your created children, to come into Your sanctuary.
How awesome it is to be in Your presence! Help us to remember the
sacrifice You gave for us and to remember to live for You and not
for the riches of this sinful world. Strengthen us daily, hourly,
even minute by minute to live for You, to give You glory and honor.
We Love You Lord, Amen