Have you ever struggled with letting God be enough? I have many times. For some reason I tend to allow my weaknesses and failures keep me hidden from what God is able to do within me. I allow those doubts and fears to creep in and take over the truth that God has for me. But instead of trusting what God has for me, the pain of what I’m lacking hurts and I fill the space with something else as an attempt to make the pain less.
When I’m busy it doesn’t hurt as much.
When I’m over scheduled then I’m preoccupied with the schedule.
When I overextend myself by helping others I can say they ‘need’ me.
When I’m distracted I don’t have to deal with what’s really at hand.
It’s all a lie I’ve believed that if I’m not doing anything then I’m worthless. I’ve had to work really hard over these past two years about what I’m dependent on and where I’m receiving my validation and affirmation, from people or God? Giving myself the gift of honesty has been the best gift ever but has required a lot of disconnecting, detaching, and being still with hard truths that God has revealed in me. Striving to be all this world desires me to be will always leave me weary. Surrendering my desires and need to be in control to God will always set me in a pattern of freedom and restore me beyond measure.
Surrendering to the plans God has for us isn’t always easy. I recently had the pleasure of reading “Letting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free” by Erica Wiggenhorn. Each chapter ends with a Bible reading plan, bullets points of the chapter, challenging questions to ask yourself and a prayer. She does a wonderful job of taking us on a journey to uncover our fears of inadequacy and showing us when we trust in God’s power what He has for us is always enough. Sounds easy right? (Not so much).
One chapter in the book that hit close to the heart for me was chapter eight, ‘Dealing with Distractions.’ Erica starts the chapter with the Bible verse Exodus 11:8, “And he went out from Pharaoh with hot anger.” Moses had a constant struggle in ‘what battle am I fighting?’ In Exodus 11, Moses had to go before Pharaoh over and over before each plague and speak on behalf of the Israelites to tell Pharoah, ‘let my people go.’ At this point he had already done this nine times. Moses was getting a little frustrated and this last encounter with Pharaoh, he let his anger get the best of him.
Can you relate?
I can relate to Moses allowing his emotions to get the best of him. In becoming emotionally attatched to our situations and outcomes not turning out how we want them. I love how Erica describes how our emotions can really be distractions that veer us away from the actual battle God desires for us and what our anger really means.“Anger becomes a distraction that demonstrates our distrust of God.” #LettingGodBeEnough @EricaWiggenhorn Click To Tweet
I can be like Moses when I see a pattern of injustice, when the outcome isn’t going the way I want, or when I get baited into a debate or argument that isn’t mine to defend in the first place.
Erica challenges us to ask ourselves,‘What if our anger is acutally the fear that God won’t make good on His promises and right every wrong in the end?’ #LettingGodBeEnough @EricaWiggenhorn Click To Tweet
During these uncertain times one thing I’ve had to let go of is the fight to be right and embrace the battle to be well. No one ever says I wish I fought my battles with more anger. The only control we have over our situations and circumstances is how we respond to them. Fighting anger with anger never ends well.
There’s an analogy Erica uses in this chapter about a golf ball that came way too close to her face by a reckless golfer who couldn’t wait to tee off until they were safely off the green. The golfer’s actions could have resulted in a serious injury for Erica. The lack of concern for the safety of others struck a chord in her husband in which he defended her by addressing the golfers’ and resulted in them leaving the golf course. How many times have we been in this situation when an injustice occured and we are left with how will we respond?
Of course God doesn’t want us to just stand on the golf course and allow golf balls to fly by our faces over and over, he wants us to practice wisdom and get out of the way. Maybe that’s the point God is trying to tell us, that our anger gets in the way of the battle He’s trying to fight on our behalf. That the real battle is between Him and the enemy.
Moses’ anger would never change Pharoah. God just needed Moses’ surrender, to be His vessel, obedient, and willing.
In this section Erica challenges us with some great questions, when anger arises, we must ask ourselves,
Is this my battle to fight?
What is my role in this battle?
Why am I really angry?
Anger itself is not a sin, it’s what we do with the anger that gets us into trouble. It’s normal to feel angry but not okay to take it out on others or stay in the state of anger.
Are we really trusting in God when we become angry?
Here are the things I can become angry with when I’m not putting my trust in God:
Another person’s choices
How people treat me
Maybe our next action step in allowing God to be enough is just getting out of the way?
We can be released from the responsibility of others actions when we trust God with our provision, protection, and outcomes. We can be set free in our surrender and get out of the cycle of striving to handle our situations our way. Thank you Erica for writing this book and leading us through the life of Moses. I needed to hear this message!
God I know I can get stuck in patterns of striving and trying to do things my way. I’m am guilty of not always living in what you are able to do. I know anger is a warning sign letting me know I am not trusting in you. Forgive me for not trusting in you. I pray I will give the battle to be right to you, surrender my struggles, anxieties, and worries to you. I will trust in what you are able to do. I praise you God for who you are and what you are able to do in my life. Thank you God for never giving up on me and always being there for me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Erica Wiggenhorn is an award-winning author and founder of Every Life Ministries, brining you the truths of Scripture to transform your life. Erica uses her Bible studies to bring the word of God to women across the globe to help encourage them to discover their unique purpose, embrace God’s promises, and live by His power. Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, two kids and cute adorable dogs. To learn more about Erica and her ministry visit www.ericawiggenhorn.com and on Instagram @ericawiggenhorn.
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