I’m not a health and wealth preacher. Not a name it and claim it guy.
I don’t believe that Christians will all be rich and drive Cadillacs and live in mansions. But I believe God blesses abundantly. Our God is a God of abundance. He tells us in Psalm 31:19
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
God has abundant goodness stored up for his children. He has bags and bags of grace that he is just waiting to pour out upon us. In fact, it is God’s WILL to bless us. He has more goodness stored up for us than we can possibly imagine. Our God is a generous, lavish God. He’s not stingy. He’s abundant. He doesn’t bless us grudgingly – “Oh alright, here’s a few crumbs. Now quit bothering me.” No, he takes 7 fishes and a few loaves and feeds 5000, and has 12 baskets left over.
God pours out abundant goodness upon us when he saves us.
He doesn’t “just” wipe our sins away – as if that isn’t abundant goodness in itself – but he adopts us as his own sons and daughters, he joins us to Christ – makes us one with his Son. He declares us to be joint-heirs with Christ. We will share in Christ’s eternal infinite inheritance!
We can’t even fathom that kind of abundance. He fills us with his Holy Spirit, and transforms us into the likeness of Christ. By God’s power, every day you and I are becoming more and more like Jesus. Even the angels aren’t being transformed into the likeness of Christ.
But wait, there’s more.
God gives us eternal life. We will enjoy him forever and feast with him forever at the marriage supper of the Lamb. But wait, there’s more. God gives us good works to walk in, which he prepared in eternity past, then he rewards us for walking in those works which he gave us.
Our God is a lavish God. A God whose very being speaks of abundance.
God didn’t make just one kind of tree – he made oaks and mimosas and sycamores and giant redwoods, fig trees, Wonderbooms and El Dragos (yes there really are trees called Wonderbooms and El Dragos).
He didn’t create just one kind of butterfly, but created Monarchs and Swallowtails and Gossamer-Winged and Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterflies. Our world shouts that God is a God of abundance. The sun and moon, galaxies and stars, oceans and deserts and jungles cry out that our God is lavish and overflowing..
God’s spiritual abundance doesn’t stop when he saves us. He longs to pour out joy and gladness and love upon us all the days of our lives.
Every morning his mercies and blessings are new.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21-23)
Our good Shepherd makes us lie down in green pastures – abundant pastures. He pours out his “benefits” upon us. He…
…crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:4-5
Not only does our God pour out upon us spiritual blessings, but he provides for our needs and supplies our daily bread. Jesus told us to…
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)
Our God is so lavish, so generous, so full of rich blessings that he clothes the lilies of the field with beauty that Solomon, the richest king who ever lived didn’t have. Jesus says that this should give us faith that our Father will provide abundantly for us. It’s like Jesus is saying, “Believe it! God wants to bless you lavishly.”
So what should we do? Ask!
Ask your heavenly Father to provide for you. Ask him for whatever is weighing on your heart. Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. Most of the time our requests are not too large but too small. God tells us in Psalm 81:10
I am the LORD your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
God said to his people, “Look, I did the biggest thing – I brought you out of the land of Egypt. I saved you from the power of Pharaoh. I delivered you from slavery. I did the biggest thing. So ask me for big things – open your mouth wide – and I will fill it.
God says to us, “Look, I did the biggest thing – I saved you from your sins and slavery to sin. I delivered you from the rule of Satan and brought you into my family. So ask me for big things. Ask me to provide for you. Ask me to save that relative. Ask me to bless your children. Ask me to heal you. Ask me for things that seem big to you – if I could save you when you were my enemy, I can do anything else you ask. Open your mouth wide.”
God reminds us today, “I have abundant goodness stored up for you. I love to bless my children. So ask me to pour out my goodness on you today. I’ve got bags and bags of grace I’m just waiting to pour out on you.”