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Hope in These Light Afflictions Day 7- Is God Enough?
*All week, we will be taking pieces of a devotional I wrote on marital infidelity, Hope in These Light Afflictions. The story is mine and shares many thoughts and feelings from that part of my life’s journey. While it was a season of incredible emotional pain, it also opened the door to becoming better acquainted with the Great Comforter. My prayer is that our story will point others facing similar pain to Jesus. Additionally, I pray that some of the things I learned through that period of time would be a help to even just one.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wrestled with this question during difficult seasons of my life. We say God is enough, but what if all that we loved and cherished was stripped away from us—what then? Would we still love God? Would we find Him adequate? These are some very searching questions that warrant an honest answer.
In my own marriage journey, I discovered some interesting lessons I needed to learn. I had allowed my husband the first place of my heart. Oh, I wouldn’t have said so, or maybe even understood the truth of it, until I found him taken away. I had also discovered that my contentment rested on the circumstances of my life, not on Christ and what He accomplished for me at Calvary. The Apostle Paul reminds us of a very important attitude to have: In whatever situation I am, I am to be content (Philippians 4:11).
Sometimes I try to imagine my life without God. There would be no One listening in the quiet of the night when my mind won’t rest and my heart aches with troubled thoughts. There would be no One there when I feel betrayed, forgotten, unloved or abandoned. If you placed everything in life, whether person or object, that has great meaning to you into a box, and were told to remove them one by one, in order of importance to you, what would be the last thing in your box? Would it be your spouse? For me, looking back, I think it was. And among those final things in the box you’d find my children too. God wants me to value those things in the box, but never more than I value Him.
God created us to be social people, to enjoy relationships and friendships and love. He rejoices when we fall in love with the one He has for us, and He is absolutely invested in our marriages. He not only designed marriage for humans from the very beginning, but He cares deeply about it. He wants us to place a high priority on our spouse and enjoy intimate oneness with them. He hurts with us when that is stripped away by sinful choices, and He longs to see us restored in every way. But even should restoration never happen, He is still there.
Walking through infidelity is humbling. It opens your eyes to so many new thoughts and feelings. It humbles us to see how desperately we need God and how turning from Him leads us down painful paths that will devastate the people we love most. But one very valuable lesson I learned is that, while I treasure my marriage deeply, God must have my whole heart before anything or anyone else. He longs to be our Enough. He is the only firm Foundation—the One who will never leave us. Should we find ourselves stripped of the people we love most, yet still have Jesus, are we not blessed still?
May God help us to heal from the hurts of our hearts, and may we learn to lean on Him in the good days and the bad. While we value our earthly relationships, they cannot fill us like Jesus can. Of course, we don’t want to lose those we love, but thank God we can never lose Him. He promises us His Presence—forever! May His Presence give us the strength to face every storm that comes our way.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, ESV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33, ESV)