“And all of you is more than enough for all of me, for every thirst and every need. You satisfy me with your love and all I have in you is more than enough.”
Jeremy Camp, Enough
Last summer at a pool party, confident after a few swimming lessons, my daughter didn’t wait for her dad to put on her “floaties.” Instead, she just hopped in the pool while my husband was helping her sister get ready. She thought she could handle it—this preschool swimming class expert. Unfortunately, she started to sink. So, she freaked out and struggled. That made it worse.
It took less than a second for my husband to reach in the pool and grab her up. To her, that split second seemed to last forever.
On this very same day last week, I felt like I was sinking. I freaked out. I struggled. That made it worse. This brief moment in my life seemed to last forever, but God reached down and grabbed me up.
God blessed me that day with a good friend who shared with me this verse: “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach . . . No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it” (Deut. 30:11, 14, NIV). As I struggled to stay above water that day, different portions of that verse would encourage or challenge me and ultimately required me to make some changes.
Not Too Difficult
What God is asking us to do sometimes seems so hard and we want to quit or give up. Yet, He encourages us to keep going because this is not too difficult or beyond our reach, not with Him helping us. In our strength, we’ll absolutely sink. We struggle and flail and cry out for help because we’re overwhelmed with our inability to control our situation. Yet, as Paul writes “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, NIV). Isaiah writes: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV). As long as we remain with Him, held up by His “righteous right hand,” we will not sink, no matter how unable we are to swim in our own strength and abilities.
The Deuteronomy verse tells us, “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult.” My friend reminded me that I only need to focus on obeying God’s command for me today. If I worry about ten years from now, that’ll be too difficult. Even trying to get ahead of myself by one day can send me to the bottom of a pool! I look at my month-long calendar and sometimes I lose my breath. How will I get it all done? Will I sleep this month? If I can just make it until next month, I’ll be okay. And then I flip the page of the calendar and feel overwhelmed again.
But, today and just for today, God is asking me to do things that are not too difficult.
What I Am Commanding You
After my friend shared this verse with me, I meditated on it all day. I used it as a pep talk for myself: “You can do it. It’s not too difficult. You can get it all done and handle all this.” Then, I realized that I really couldn’t do it. This was actually far too difficult for me. I was sinking, no question about it.
So then, what was I doing wrong? I was trying to do what God was commanding me and then some. God had told me I needed to quit my job and I had put Him off until it was more convenient for me to obey. I can’t add to God’s commands and expect Him to hold me up out of the water. In that case, it’s my own fault I’m sinking! Walking in obedience brings me freedom and the promise that God will help me do everything He has asked of me.
There are some days when I am feeling great and doing fine, life is good, and then just for a brief moment I have that sinking feeling. All three of my daughters suddenly need me and it must be right now! The phone rings while my kids are crying and I’m trying to make dinner. I’m tired from lack of sleep caring for a newborn or a sick child and I still have to function the next day. One of my daughters is sick or struggling and I don’t know how to make it better.
At other times, it’s a season of feeling out of control and overwhelmed—When I’m pouring out everything in ministry and just want to give up at the lack of results. When I’m working my hardest and don’t seem to make progress. When the prayer requests of others seem so overwhelming. When I am given a new project and I have no idea how to accomplish it.
The fact is, I’m simply not enough for all this. I sometimes tell my daughters, “I only have two hands!!” There are times I am telling God the same thing. “God, I’ve got two hands and that’s it. I’m not equipped enough, strong enough, trained enough, or experienced enough.”
I’m not, but He is. With His help, and as long as I am focusing on today and walking in obedience with Him, He will strengthen me. He will be “more than enough.”
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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