Week 19

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.  2 Corinthians 9:8-9

I am not using the following verse today, but the thoughts of verse 8 and 9 clearly continue into this one: Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 2 Corinthians 9:10

This week’s “cup of tea” was inspired by my son-in-law, Pastor Zachary. I have a list of “tea” words and immensity was not on my list.  His thoughts were not from an entire sermon but what he said inspired me.

Let us consider the immensity of God. What stayed with me was desire for more of this world’s goods versus desire for God.  Let me start with a parable that most of us are familiar with:

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink,and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.  Luke 12:16-21

This is a story that Jesus told over 2000 years ago. Let me share a more modern day story. John D. Rockefeller was a billionaire in the early 1900’s, the richest man in the world and America’s first billionaire. A reporter asked him how much money was enough and his reply was “a dollar more.”  His response translates to “I will never have enough.”

What do these rich men have to do with the immensity of God? They have both rejected God’s provision in their accumulation of wealth. They wanted more, and then more.  It is akin to Satanic behavior. Satan wants to be God and to have all that God is. We know that is not possible; likely Satan knows this too. This knowledge is not a deterrent.

Both men in these stories have reprobate minds, with no vision for eternity. When the rich man of Jesus’ day was told that his soul would be required of him that night, he could not detach himself from his riches. Jesus reminded him that he would take nothing with him, but he would not let it go.

God is immense. His immensity so great that man in his flesh will never be satisfied. These men possessed enough for multiple lifetimes but the enormity of their wealth never could touch the immensity that God possesses. Innately they knew there was more. Neither man recognised their position as mere stewards.

Jesus explained that the application of this story applies to each person that lays up treasures for themselves but is not rich toward God. The principles of the foolish rich man apply to each of us. 

We may not have wealth enough to fill overflow barns and we will likely not have material wealth making us among the wealthiest of the the world, but we live in a much safer space, in view of eternity. Yet we are not called to poverty either. 

Solomon and his father, David were wealthy, possibly beyond our imaginations. It depends how our imaginations work, I suppose. Abraham’s wealth was unquestionable, but so was the faith of each of these men. Their earthy wealth is verified in the Scriptures, but faith and richness toward God is what we remember them for. 

They recognised God’s immensity, His sovereignty. My granddaughter, Sakshi, was talking about wisdom the other day. You would have loved it. She explained to me how King Solomon asked for wisdom so he could rule the people wisely and how God blessed him with wisdom and wealth.  An earthly king will have wealth, with the intent that they are called to use their resources to serve the people. In actuality, there is more ruling than serving; that is how the love of money causes problems.

The verses above in 2 Corinthians, chapter 9 remind me that:

  1. God is able to make all grace abound in our lives. We need nothing else because grace is immense and covers all things. It is not just “grace,” but it is all grace.
  2. The thought about grace continues. God wants us to have sufficiency in all things that we can abound (to possess in great quantity or to be in great plenty.) to good works. God wants us to have all that we need in order to do the things He wants us to do. This is provision from an immense God.
  3. We are to steward God’s provision and not to hoard it. This is righteousness to God. He wants us to have all sufficiency so that we can bless others. 

Scripture admonishes us to be content in whatsoever state we are in. This is no encouragement to relax, but an encouragement to bloom where we are planted, so to speak. Poverty will exist in the world, but less if Christians used the immense sufficiency of God rightly. He has given us all, His children, all sufficiency and all grace in abundance. His gifts, channeled through our vessels would be world-changing, and to His glory.

It is foolish to revel in wealth because God has given it for a purpose. Our minds are finite. It is impossible to imagine the vastness of God. The Bible affirms that. We can meditate upon it and catch a glimmer of the immensity of God. His Spirit teaches us through His Word and His Spirit communicates to our hearts.

A person that does not know God will never be satisfied. Their desire for more and more is not what makes them unhappy. Their void cannot be filled by more and more. Their hunger is for God, Himself. We were created to hunger for God, but often attempt to satisfy our needs with what we see around us. Faith is the evidence of things that are not seen. Nothing less than genuine faith will satisfy. We will always want another dollar. 

Yes; I still have needs and wants in my life, but I deeply know that God is woven into my being, so I am strong enough to meet the challenges I face and to do it with grace. I have enough grace because God has made all grace plentiful to my life. By faith, I know this, and it comforts me when I think that His grace may not be sufficient for a time of suffering. 

Meditating upon the immensity of God brings comfort to my life and gives answers many of the world’s problems. God does this for me, His child. 

Children should not worry because they should have the reassurance and comfort of parents that take care of their every need. That is a testimony of my childhood. I knew my parents could do anything. My grandchildren think that about their parents. How much more should I not worry because my Father God takes care of me – in all His immensity?

A final quote sourced outside:

If you have a special need today, focus your full attention on the goodness and greatness of your Father rather than on the size of your need. Your need is tiny compared to His ability to meet it.  Bill Patterson is given credit, but I am not sure which Bill Patterson this is.  It is a good and true thought that has become a way of life for many of us. Praise God!

CRUMPETS:

When I told you about tea and shared my own spiced tea recipe, I could not find pictures to post and I wanted to because the tea is lovely in its unprepared state. Here they are and also a link to the “Tea” article, in case you missed it!