How much is enough?


How much is enough?

That is one of my recurring questions living the life of living. How much is enough … ?

To live life, to pay the bills, to give to others, to receive from others, to not cause offence (either by expecting too little or too much) … just how much is enough?

In the past few days I was asked to join a healing canopy of prayer. To lift up another and seek their healing. I have some “issues” with such requests. What is healing? His healing, their healing, our healing, healing of the soul, healing of the body – healing for whose benefit.

If that sounds arrogant – no arrogance is intended. Simply a concern that we ask for “too much” in these situations: “Dear God – gimme gimme gimme. In Jesus’ name, amen.” We see only our pain, wish only to heal our pain in that moment, and forget the breadth and depth and eternity that we inhabit in Him. And I find myself asking – how much is enough?

And then He gave me this:

”Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.” Matthew 15:21-28

When it comes to our Lord and Father – how much is enough?

Whatever you think is enough – or even too much – or not enough. That is the right “enough”. He knows our why. He understands our why. And He never turns away. And when we think we have bothered Him too much, been too selfish, been too “human” … or even not bothered Him enough, not asked enough, not been passionate enough, should be catching His attention more …

Even then He doesn’t turn away. It is we who turn from Him.

So just how much is enough?

For me it is simple: if I trust Him so so tight that you can’t slip a cigarette paper between us (and those skinny suckers are “thin” – I know – believe me) …

That IS enough.

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12 thoughts on “How much is enough?

  1. And similarly, the Spirit also helps our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself asks on our behalf with ineffable sighing. And he who examines hearts knows what the Spirit seeks, because he asks on behalf of the saints in accordance with God. Romans 8:26-27

  2. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    Note there Paul, according to His riches. Not out of them. He doesn’t have some limited pool of resources that He has to divide up among his children. He can supply just as much as we need with no limits.

    Good read for early in the morning, thanks!

  3. And wouldn’t you, as a father, feel deeply grieved in your heart, if your son (or daughter) had a need but chose to not ask you because he 1) thought you might be too busy with other people’s needs; 2) determined for you that others’ needs were more important; 3) figured he’d asked enough; 4) did not allow you the privilege of responding to his need because he really wasn’t certain you would?

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