Abundance

cinqueterre-279013_640Psalm 78:15: He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.

God is the definition of abundance. The stars and planets are in so much number as to be mindboggling; the fact that the universe is verified to be constantly expanding is a reflection of the infiniteness of God who made it.

When the children of Israel asked for meat in the wilderness and Moses wanted to “faint” because he thought surely (Number 11:10-35), that was impossible for God to do for millions of them in the wilderness. But God asked him is there anything difficult for Me? Moses’ conception of God needed an upgrade; his conception of God needs to be stretched. God said that not only will the children of Israel eat meat, but it will be for one month not for a few days. Then God caused a wind to blow to bring low flying quails to them. They eat so much meat they were fed up with it.

When you look the sea, you see abundance, the air is abundant. The only conclusion you can come to is that God has abundance as part of his nature, He can overwhelm you with the glory of his presence, like he did with Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-5), or he can underwhelm you with his glory in obvious condensation displayed in the birth of Jesus.

God the son laid aside his glory for the suffering of death. But in his time on earth, there was abundance of healing in the expression of his divine life, so much that John said of him, we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth (John 1:12-14). He abundantly expressed divine life. He never said a word amiss and there was no situation that he was not up to, no problem brought to him that there is not abundance of grace to deal with.  He knows so much, even as a child, the big men in the temple in Jerusalem were amazed at the depth and breadth of his understanding and answers (Luke 2:42-47).

In the underwhelming act of the incarnation, Jesus was born in a manger. Paul said that Jesus became poor so that through his poverty we might become rich, experience abundance (2Corinthians 8:9).  When man was enmeshed in sin, he lost out of the abundance that was prepared for him in the Garden of Eden; he was cut off from it. It is for the purpose of restoring us to that level of abundance and even more that Jesus striped himself of his own abundance, to connect us back to God, into the place of our abundance as we share in his own abundance.

He wants to bring us to a renewed relationship with God, to reset man’s connection with God; there is no true abundance apart from God, who personifies abundance.

There is abundance of love in God. This was a love that reached out to Adam and Eve in their sin and provided a cover of animal skin for them (Genesis 3). This love found expression in the demeaning death on the cross, to bringing us closer to him. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, the just for the unjust (1Peter 3:18), in a proof of the greatness of God’s love, taking away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

He is the propitiation (the payment sacrifice) for our sins (1John 2:2). He stands for the love of God to sin-laden humanity. That is the abundance of love that reaches to the depths of the earth to bring us from our death situation as a result of sin. The breath of the love extends to every race, every tongue man and woman and social state, in every place and in very generation. It reached to the height of heaven lifting us up into the embrace of our heavenly father into the very presence of God into the holy place, and we can now draw near to the very presence of God, to the throne of God to obtain mercy and to find grace to help in times of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Paul said that to be filled with all the fullness of God, we need to comprehend the height, the depth the length and the breath of the love of God (Ephesians 3:14-20). When we capture that in our heart, as Paul said, we would experience God in abundance, filled with all his fullness. When we understand the abundance of love then our relationship with God will be easy. But the question will always be: how big is our capacity to receive and walk in the love of God. How recipient are we?

When Jesus gave commandment to his disciples, he captured it in one word: love (John 13:34-35). John in his first epistle argued that he who does not walk in love does not know God, which means the evidence of God in us is love in us and through us (1John 2:4-5, 4:6-16). When we flow in abundance of loving mercy to others then we are living in the wavelength of God’s abundant love.

There is much to be said about the love of God. Since God is love, he constantly flows from himself in goodness to us. The bible says that every good and perfect gift that we receive is from God the father of lights, in whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning (James 1:17); there is a constancy of his love towards us.

We are his and there is a constant outflow of him to us. His love lit us with his abundant light. The bible says that the light shines in darkness and the darkness does not overcome it (John 1:1-5). The light Christ sends his abundant light. It is called great light, and darkness does not stand a chance (Matthew 4:16). Since light means understanding, therefore from his love comes his understanding that we have; we cannot understand him except from the standpoint of love.

Apart from light, out of his love for us, Jesus gives us his peace, his abundant version, and not the limited worldly version (John 14:27). The peace he offers is the greatest level of peace. And as the prince of peace, his coming reign will be marked by peace. The bible says that the reign of his kingdom and of peace there shall be no end (Luke 1:33, Isaiah 9:7). That is abundance.

 

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