The Gift of Abundance

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.John 10:10

 

Meditations in Motion

Abundance is a recurring theme in the Bible. Some read the word “abundance” and think “prosperity“, but the two terms are not interchangeable.

Paul wrote of God’s “exceeding abundance“. Even though his life was full of hardship, he described his sense of pervading peace and joy.

Abundance is not about what we acquire in this life. It’s not about what you get, it’s about the gifts that God gives to everyone. It’s mercy, grace, and love.

Life is an abundance of riches. A free-handed gift from a generous God.

 

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36 comments

  1. Laurie, such good words!Abundance gets a bad rap because it’s been used to refer to inaccurate Biblical concepts.

    I like what you said here: β€œabout the gifts that God gives to everyone. It’s mercy, grace, and love.”

    Thanks for giving some good thoughts to consider as I head into my evening!

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  2. I appreciated this because abundance gets a bad rap. But if we remember that God showers us with goodness it changes our perspective. Thanks for sharing. I like different and like you I run when I can!

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  3. Almost all man’s trouble in this world comes from his ‘understanding’ that he needs to get what he can for himself (and sometimes his family) and that often things (like food, water, shelter, etc.) are in short supply and he must therefore sometimes have need to get or take before others can, or there will be nothing left.

    If we can learn to trust in God’s abundance this would ideally eliminate man’s needs and greed.

    There is an issue with ‘abundance’ though.. i don’t believe it is limited to just the ‘good’ stuff. There can be abundant rainfall causing massive floods, Abundant clear skies and sunshine causing year long drought in farm lands (both happening here at the same time!) There can be an abundance of forest that has been dried out and now set fire to by abundant lightening strikes (20 out of control fires burning for a week and more now in our ‘coldest’ state).

    We can and do live in a world of abundance; God’s abundance is unlimited. Far too many of us however are more focussed on the earthly things we can acquire and not the gifts of the Spirit ( from God) such as you mention in your post. We all have to learn how to live in a state of ‘sufficiency’ and not overdo it while we are not in full control over our (earhtly) desires. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, I agree. When it comes to the physical world, we should be satisfied with “sufficient” and not look for “abundant”. This “America first” attitude common in my country today (ugh!) seems to come from a lack of confidence in the ability to acquire sufficient resources for one’s family. It’s not a good look for America (land of the free and home of the brave).

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      • It is an ugly look ( to outsiders like me not the least) and unfortunately the attitude is growing world wide as a result. Our politicians/billionaires are seeing Donald’s successes and starting to imitate it. 😦

        We need some sort of counter-message or things will get much worse before they get better.

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