But ‘just enough’ was a feature of the wilderness, not the land of promise; and the wilderness is a place to pass through, not a final destination. ‘Just enough’ was a discipline, a test of the heart [Deuteronomy 8] before Israel crossed over the Jordan; Canaan, in contrast, was to be a place of abundance, of blessing for the redeemed community. The Promised Land was to flow with milk and honey.
The Old Testament is replete with this imagery: the Garden of Eden was filled with good things; Abraham, our father in the faith, and his heirs, Isaac & Jacob were all blessed with more than enough. David received much more than a shepherd could dream of, and Solomon’s court overflowed with such abundance that foreign dignitaries and rulers came to gawp. And on the Lord’s instruction, the tabernacle and temple furnishings were lavish in the extreme, as were the quantities of animals required for sacrifice.
And the Gospels add to this landscape: a rural wedding was supplied with an abundance of wine; numerous baskets of bread & fish were left over after mass impromptu picnics; fishermen caught so many fish that their nets started to break; and an ointment used in worship cost a year’s wages.
It is easy to dismiss material blessing in the Old Testament as ‘Old Covenant’, and not relevant, and to spiritualise the accounts in the New Testament so they have no practical outworking, but in doing so we miss something of the nature of God.
As AW Tozer said, ‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.’ (Knowledge of the Holy)
The Lord consistently reveals Himself in Scripture as ‘more than enough’. He abounds in love and is immeasurable in grace; He pours out the Holy Spirit; He richly provides for us…. Scripture is full of expansive language – well worth a word-study.
If we see God as the God of ‘just-enough’ it is both a slur on His character, and has a bearing on our faith and our expectation – and on what we receive from His hand. The Lord has said He wants to do more than we ask or think, but if our thoughts are puny and stunted, based on a wrong understanding of His nature, then our experience will follow suit, for He has committed Himself to work in partnership with us.
Consider these verses:
[2 Corinthians 9:8]
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
Put (Your) hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
[1 Timothy 6:17]
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.[Philippians 4:19]
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Our trust in God for material provision is built out of relationship, and the foundation for any sound relationship is right-understanding. If we realise the Lord’s passion for us is abundant blessing, then we can develop our faith in His supply.
Of course real wealth isn’t about material provision, we are called as Christians to live in the overflow of the life God has put in us; to trust in the Lord who showers us with blessing; and to see that God is more than enough for us in every situation.
[Philippians 4:12 NKJV]
Let's put aside old ideas of a stern disciplinarian who metes out hardship because it's good for us. We worship a God of 'more than enough', and He has invited us to a feast. There’s a table spread lavishly with good things. Let’s enjoy it.
My life is overflowing with good things.
God wants to bless me with everything I need for every good work.
He is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine.
The Lord richly provides me with everything for my enjoyment.
He will meet all my needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.
I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
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