WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?

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… The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. [2 Samuel 12: 7-8 (NLT)]

After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. [1 Timothy 6:7-9 (NLT)]

The Bible is filled with stories of God’s provision for his people’s needs. Elijah was provided with enough bread and water to sustain him on a forty day trip. In time of famine, Elijah, a widow, and her son had enough flour and oil to survive. The Israelites had enough manna to feed them during their forty year journey. Sometimes, in fact, God blesses us with even more than enough, as He did when thousands were fed with just a few loaves and fish and yet several baskets of leftovers were gathered after the feast.

While sometimes we get more than we need, we must remember that God doesn’t promise more than enough. Elijah and the widow didn’t open a bakery and sell extra bread to others; they had just enough to meet their needs. If the Israelites tried to stockpile more manna than needed, it turned rotten and got maggots. Just enough was exactly what God wanted for them. Man’s problem comes when our concept of “enough” isn’t the same as God’s. Most of us would think David had enough. The shepherd boy became a hero and king, lived in a palace, and had all of Saul’s kingdom and wealth, including his harem. David had more than enough, but apparently he didn’t think so once he’d laid eyes on Bathsheba, another man’s wife. Enough was no longer enough for him.

When is enough enough? God knows, but we don’t. We always seem to want more: wealth, friends, time, status, opportunities, beauty, shoes, cars, homes, collectibles, jewelry, intelligence. You name it; we probably think we don’t have quite enough. We’re sure that if God would just give us a smidgen more, then we’d have what we need.

If we’re seeking the Kingdom of God and following God’s plan, He will make sure we have enough and we’ll have all the resources we need. We may not think so, but if we dig deep enough, we’ll find that God had given us exactly what is necessary to do His work. If we’re seeking the Kingdom of Self, however, we’ll never think we have enough and never be satisfied.

Do you have enough?

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. [Lao Tzu]

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy. [Irish blessing]

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. [Matthew 6:33 (NLT)]