Sometimes it is really helpful to think carefully about one phrase. This one has gripped me in the last few days, because you can place the inflection and punctuation in a number of ways.
Firstly, I am reminded of the centurion whose servant was terminally ill. On approaching Jesus for help, he asked Jesus simply to ,“Say the word, and my servant will be healed”. (Luke 7:7). His extraordinary faith was one Jesus had never seen before. The centurion not only believed in Jesus, but in the power of His word, and the servant was immediately healed. The word was enough.
Secondly, I also read recently of Gregory Fisher, a missionary, who was teaching Bible College students about the Second coming of Christ. One student asked him professor what Jesus would shout when he returned to the Earth. Puzzled, the professor asked for clarification. The student referred to the verse in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, which states:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (KJV). The student wondered, what the Lord would shout? There is nothing in Scripture to tell us, but after some thought, Fisher replied, “When Jesus returns, he will shout “Enough! …Enough suffering, enough starvation, enough terror, enough death, enough indignity, enough lives trapped in hopelessness, enough sickness and disease, enough time – ENOUGH!” (mentioned in Alex Gondala’s book “Don’t forget the child – sermons for Advent And Christmas”). The word is enough
Thirdly, the word of God will always be enough for our needs. For some people, to be told that their work is “enough” is to devalue it, to suggest that it could have been better, but that “it’ll do”. It is “just about” enough. The word of God in our lives will always be more than we will ever need, but it will always be enough. We never have to worry about how much his answer exceeds our needs – there will always be AT LEAST enough. God often adds an additional blessing, but I am comforted by the realization that it will always be enough.
Finally the emphasis can be placed on the second phrase – “The WORD is enough”. God’s only Son, the Word Incarnate, will eternally be enough. I am reminded of a hymn I learned as a child, “There is a green hill far away”. It contains these lines;
“There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin
He, only, could unlock the gates
Of Heaven, and let us in”
When no-one else could bring salvation, Christ was the One Who Was (and Always Will Be) Enough.
Whatever you face today, He is ENOUGH
Like that Centurion in Luke 7, simply ask Jesus to “Say the Word”, and then believe that He can, and will