God of abundance.
We’ve all heard it, we’ve read it in our Bibles, but have we truly experienced it?
Solomon experienced God’s abundance. 1 Kings 3:5-13 bible records that God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him anything his heart desired. Solomon, in all humility, asked God for wisdom to rule the people God had placed in his kingdom.
Did Solomon receive his request?
Yes. Absolutely. “The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request. God said to him, ‘Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, I grant your request, and give you a wise and discerning mind superior to that of anyone who has preceded or will succeed you.'” (1 Kings 3:11-13a)
That is wonderful. It is already an example of the abundance of God. God didn’t just promise Solomon some wisdom. He promised that Solomon would have a wise and discerning mind superior to that of anyone! God is a God of abundance. When we ask Him for things, we can be sure that not only will we receive what we have requested, but we will receive it in abundance!
But the story doesn’t end here. God went on to say to Solomon: “Furthermore, I am giving you what you did not request — riches and honor so that you will be the greatest king of your generation.” (1 Kgs 3:5-13, NET). Not only does Solomon receive an abundance of wisdom, but he also receives what he didn’t even ask for!
Talk about God’s abundance!
And this abundance isn’t just reserved for Kings of Israel. God is a God of abundance, and He loves nothing more than to pour out His abundance on us. This includes healing–even from cancer! It includes provision. It includes restoration. It includes an abundance of everything that we lack. Consider this text: “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will — to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son.” (Eph 1:3-6, NET)
Friends, God wants us to be holy, unblemished. He has adopted us as His sons and daughters. Is God’s abundance available to us? Yes! We are sons and daughters of the King!
What do you lack this day? Do you lack health? Strength? Finances? Patience? Wisdom? Ask of God: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:7-8); And a few verses later: “If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt 7:11, NET);
In His love,
But wait. I have been asking God for my healing, for my finances, for my relationships, and I’m not getting any response. Why am I not experiencing this abundance? Is it only for some people and not for others?
Join us next week for God’s Abundance, Part 2!
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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