Living in God’s Abundance
Lately, I’ve been working over this idea of abundance. Abundance can be defined as a ‘very large quantity of something’. Other words to describe it are plenty, affluence, profusion, opulence or wealth. From a human standpoint we like this idea, but I’ve been thinking about this from God’s perspective and how He is a God of abundance. What does this mean for us?
God created mankind out of abundance. While it is true He created Him to live in the abundance of the garden, when He created them it was out of His abundance. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were enough in themselves. Perfect love, perfect fellowship and perfect union existed between them. In other words, there wasn’t something missing, a void that needed to be filled, rather there was an abundance of all of those things so God created man because of it.
Then, He went to great lengths to prepare a spot for humanity. He created the expanse of the universe, even the parts that we will never see with our telescopes or hope to explore, He rolled it out making the heavens limitless simply because He knew it was there (abundance). In the same way, He gave as much detail to the smallest elements of life. Science is just scratching the surface unraveling the mysteries of these things (abundance). Then God’s created everything between these two impressive, expanses of creations for mankind to live in (abundance). It was created by Him and for Him and in Him it is held together (Colossians 1:16).
Then when God took women out of man and made her into a separate being it was again, because He understood the value of this principle (Genesis 1:27). “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). In other words, it is not enough that man doesn’t experience the picture of my abundance so I will make for him what is suitable and complementary (abundance). Then God instructs all of creation to multiply and procreate out of the abundance He has and gives. This is a powerful picture into God’s character and nature.
Here are Pictures of God’s Abundance:
Jesus told the women at the well that He possessed living water that would spring up and overflow to eternal life (John 4:1-26). In Revelation 22:1, a river flows from throne of God because it overflows out of Him. In the same way, Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scriptures has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:38)... abundance!
“God gives the Spirit without limit” (John 3:34b).
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us” (I Corinthians 2:12)... abundance!
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. for with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for the food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (II Corinthians 9:10-11)… abundance!
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way...” (II Thessalonians 3:16)... abundance!
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (I Peter 1:8)... abundance!
This abundance list can go on an on... faithfulness, protection, eternal life, comfort, grace, long life, mercy, loving kindness, goodness, freedom, wisdom, etc... I believe the scriptures are full of God’s abundance. As His love letter for us, it would be impossible for this not to expressed throughout the entire thing.
Why does He go to such great lengths to communicate this to us? I believe it is because His hearts desire is for us to experience and continually live from it. God created us out of His abundance, so naturally this is His heart for us... In what ways do you experience and observe God’s abundance in your own life? I’d like to hear from you; leave your comments below!