Relationship Series- Week #3: Our True Promise
Is Jesus enough?
A few nights ago, I was faced with this question during my devotional time. I had been thinking about how this season of my life looked so much different than what God had promised me. As I sat in my little prayer corner, I thought to myself, "This isn't what my life is supposed to look like Lord. Why does it seem like I won't ever receive the things You promised?" There were so many things that I wrote in my journal, including a significant other, and I hadn't seen any of it. I wanted to know when the promise would come.
As I opened up to Him, the Holy Spirit challenged me to consider how I would react if I never received any of the things I had been hoping for. He asked me: Would God be enough for you? Of course, many of us would be quick to say,"Yes Jesus, yes!" But, really think about it and be honest with yourself. Would He truly be enough? Ladies, would He be enough if we never get that tall, dark and handsome spouse? Guys, would He be enough if you never get the beautiful woman you're hoping He sends your way?
You see, many of us are walking this journey of singleness excited for the "promise"-- the spouse at the end of the road, but what the Holy Spirit revealed to me is that we find the true promise in the journey. Jesus is the promise. What we find on the journey is more important than the actual destination. My promise isn't my husband at the end of the journey. Yes, it will be amazing when I'm able to meet him, but my true promise is the intimacy that I develop with Jesus on the way there. My promise is realizing that my fulfillment can only come from Jesus. My promise is learning to depend on Him. My promise is learning to love Him with my whole heart.
The Holy Spirit helped me to understand that if Jesus doesn't become enough for me now as I walk this journey, no one else will. If I don't see Him as my true promise, then I'm missing the entire point of the journey. I challenge you today to ask yourself the very same question: Is Jesus enough for me? Would He be enough if I never receive the things that I'm believing Him for? Like a spouse? (Don't be afraid to be honest with yourself and with Him.)
Now, I'm not saying that it's wrong for us to be excited for a future with our spouse and look forward to having a family. We should look forward to that season of our lives in hope and expectation. What I am saying is that if that's the only thing that we're focused on, then when that season comes, we'll be looking to those things for fulfillment. Jesus has to be enough for us. We have to understand now, in our singleness, that He is the promise. A spouse won't fulfill us. Having a family of our own won't fulfill us. They are beautiful blessings from the Lord, yes, but they'll never be able to fulfill us.
I believe, without a doubt in my heart, that when we realise that Jesus is enough for us, we've received our true promise.