To the girl who has tried to make God her best friend, but still battles with loneliness:
I’ve been there too.
I’ve felt the sting social media can inflict on a hurting soul.
I’ve cried those same confused, heartbroken prayers into my pillow at night.
I’ve also wrestled with a certain statement that you’ve probably tried to grasp as well. One easily tossed around, yet hard to live out:
Christ is enough.
Of course, He should have been enough! But in the midst of my longing for a friend, that concept seemed distant, vague, and incapable of satisfying.
But while this phrase can be difficult to grasp, there was one concept that helped me overcome my loneliness and learn to honestly proclaim that ‘Jesus is enough’. It’s tucked within Matthew 16:13-17:
” … He [Jesus] was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. “
That question Jesus asked His disciples is the most important question we will ever be faced with. In fact, it’s a question that no one since the beginning of time has been able to escape!
And while this might seem completely unrelated to loneliness, our response to this question reveals the root of our struggle to make Jesus enough.
You see, to the people mentioned in this passage Jesus was simply another prophet. They recognized His power from God, but not His identity as the Son of God. They followed Him for a display of miracles, or a “good message”, but were blind to the significance behind those miracles and messages. They celebrated portions of Jesus’s character, but diminished the complete picture of who He was!
And if we’re struggling to make Jesus enough, then it’s very likely that we’re doing the same thing.
But His breathtaking power and incomprehensible love (just to name a couple of His characteristics) should never be considered “average”. Because when we diminish the greatness of God, the seeds of “not enough” take root.
Instead, let’s follow Peter’s example. He looked beyond other people’s opinions to discover God’s revelation of Jesus’s identity.
If we want to personally discover who Jesus is, first we need to purposefully unpack His characteristics revealed in scripture. We need to discover the individual things about God that make our hearts soar! Then we need to reflect on the moments in our life where God’s power and faithfulness have been on display.
Because our meditation on Jesus’s character and power leads to our assurance in His ability to satisfy. It reminds us of His control – even over the deepest longing within us!
There is a part of our heart that was created to be satisfied by our completely un-average, life-changing God. And Him alone! But when the astounding greatness of God becomes an average thing to us, and we lose the wonder that it deserves, then of course we will be unsatisfied! And often, when we find ourselves searching for someone to satisfy our loneliness, the person our heart is actually longing for is God.
So let’s make the decision to reject the idea that He is simply supplementary, when all of creation declares that He is wholly satisfactory!