I have a question for you Christian. And for starters, I know that you know what to say when faced with a question like this. Don’t give me a canned answer. We know each other better than that. I’m not asking you this question because I want to hear the rehearsed Sunday school answer that we both know so well. We need to be real with each other. I’m not looking for you to give me the right stats, the right Bible references, or regurgitate the same song that we have learned to sing to each other. This question has to do with what you REALLY believe.
My question is this: Is God’s Word enough for you? Is it enough?
Last Saturday night was one of those nights. I couldn’t sleep. I laid there awake as I stared at the ceiling. I couldn’t see it, the room was dark, but if my eyes could have cut through the darkness I would have seen that white wall about 8 feet above my head. As I sat there staring into the darkness I thought about all the other ceilings I feel in my life, the ones I hit my head up against as I try to jump. We all have these ceilings, some we inadvertently set for ourselves, while others are placed around us in God’s providence.
Suddenly I heard a voice. It was a real voice. It was as audible, real, and clear as someone lying right next to me talking into my ear. It was a recognizable voice. It cut through the darkness and spoke into me exactly what I needed to hear. The voice said, “Isn’t it enough?”
I know what you’re thinking. You’re wishing that you’d had such a divinely appointed experience. You’re longing to hear that audible voice asking you questions of such amazing spiritual significance. Don’t get discouraged, things aren’t always as they seem.
The voice repeated the phrase again. “Isn’t it enough?”
I decided to talk back to the voice. Like little Samuel in the temple of the Lord I responded:
“Isn’t what enough?”
The voice responded: “God’s Word.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
Carissa (my wife–who I had thought was already asleep) continued: “What more do we need than God’s Word? We know He has spoken, we know He has called, we know He has provided again and again. We can specifically point to places in His Word where He has met us and confirmed His will in our lives. Isn’t that enough? What more do we need than God’s Word?”
My mind began to flood with Bible references. You may be different, but that’s just how my brain works. I thought about Jeremiah 1 and 1 Chronicles 12:22 and Psalm 1 and 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and 1 Samuel 16:7. Then my mind jumped to correlations between these texts and the people who lived them. I thought of a shepherd boy who cut off the head of a trash-talking giant who was defying the living God. I thought about an arrogant murderous Pharisee who was blinded by the appearance of King Jesus on the road to Damascus, and who was called to change the world. I thought about a teenage Hebrew boy nicknamed “the weeping prophet” who was called to pronounce judgment on a wayward nation, and who paid the price dearly for being a mouthpiece of Yahweh.
Let me ask you again Christian. Is that enough? Is God’s Word enough for you? Is what He has spoken, promised, delivered, guided through, and confirmed enough for you? What else do you need?