"Jesus is all you have when everything is taken away from you." - A Friend of Mine
I was talking with a friend of mine awhile back about how they inspire me to live for Jesus. When asked how, I mentioned it was because they live for the Lord so wholeheartedly. The response that came back was in the form of the quote above - Jesus is all you have when everything is taken away from you.
This friend of mine has gone through more difficulties than I can shake a stick at. Some I have witnessed. Others I have been told about - trials that I would not want to touch with a ten foot pole. But through it all, the one thing he has clung to is the overarching principle that God is in control. Even during those pre-salvation trials which were caused by pre-salvation foolishness he somehow held onto the belief that God was going to work through those circumstances. After salvation, there have been times when that truth was all He had to hold onto. Through it all, he has become a living testimony to the fact "that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" Romans 8:28. All things work together - it may not be easy, "happy," or simple, but the end result is that our good is achieved and God is glorified.
In our culture of stress, worry, anxiety, and care, it is almost taken for granted that we will NOT trust the Lord. It's so easy to let that mindset slip in. To let the little whispers of fear creep in then justify them by saying we're all human. To fret or hold onto a problem ourselves instead of dying to self and giving such things over into God's hands. I have been so challenged by this friend's unwavering faith and trust in the One who holds the world together. I have been challenged a number of times to cease my worry and simply rest in His peace. It's so very opposite and counter intuitive to what we are taught and assaulted by every day. We are told that if we do not worry there must be something wrong with us. But in the case of worry, there is nothing wrong other than a lack of trust!
Is this friend of mine perfect? No. Does he ever worry? From time to time. But he knows far more than most that, no matter how circumstances look, there is no reason to worry. Because he knows that when Jesus is all he has, Jesus is enough.