Is God Enough?
Have you ever felt like God just wasn’t enough? That His presence couldn’t solve your problems, nor assuage your deepest fears?
I received an email from a reader and, with her permission, here is a portion of her question:
“You mentioned in a few of your posts that you have seen a counselor. Given your faith and God’s promises, why do you feel it necessary to seek counseling? Isn’t God enough?”
This question saddened me, because I know many churches that see counseling as evil. Rather than encouraging people to seek professional help, hurting people are instructed to ‘pray more’ or ‘try harder’ or perhaps ‘learn to study the Bible.’ As much as this type of thinking makes my blood boil because I’ve seen the devastating effects on one friend in particular, I understand where it originates.
There are verses about God giving us everything we need, a verse about God never giving us more than we can handle, and other stories about miraculous healing where people simply prayed. It’s easy to make inferences and rules based on what is not explicitly taught in the pages of God’s word.
But is God enough? Is spending time with Him enough to fight our addictions, fix our marriages, and heal childhood wounds?
I believe the answer is absolutely, “YES”. But in the same breath, I also must mention we would be foolish to think that God doesn’t work through wise counsel, through understanding our past, and through talking out our problems with a professional. Imagine if last year when Michael was dizzy and numb on one side of his body, if I simply said, “let’s pray about it. God is enough. He will heal you!” and refused to take him to the doctor. Was God enough for Michael? Absolutely.
But He worked through the hands and minds of brilliant doctors, MRI machines, and drugs to diagnose the problem and alleviate the symptoms. God is enough, but that doesn’t mean He’s going to hit you with a heavenly healing stick and walla! you are fixed.
I remember praying for three years that God would heal me from hating myself and every inch of my body. I tried fasting. I tried praying in a different way, with more faith and less doubt. I asked friends to lay hands on me. I tried everything, and nothing seemed to bring the soul-quenching healing I longed for.
It wasn’t until I spent a year or two with a counselor who told me over and over what I was worth that I finally felt less like a shattered jar and more like a clay pot with just a few cracks.
Please go see a counselor if you are in over your head and don’t know where to turn. If you feel like a shattered jar on the floor, I can honestly not recommend anything more than spending one hour a week talking to a professional. God is certainly enough. You don’t need to work harder or pray more to find healing. Performing to receive good things is never, ever what God intends. May He work through the words of a professional to help your soul and mine find rest.
What do you think? Do you think counseling is bad/good? Has anyone ever told you that God could heal you and didn’t need a counselor’s help?
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