God Rocks #8: Surprising Abundance

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

I had a front row seat watching the train wreck called the “Great Recession”. I fielded never ending phone calls from my clients who were terrified.

In a word the recession was mainly caused by greed.

 

Photo by Jose Manuel Rios Vallente

Photo by Jose Manuel Rios Vallente

 

Many people bought houses they knew they couldn’t afford to live the “American Dream.”

Others heading into retirement with nowhere near enough savings took long shot investments to make up for their lack.

Banks willingly made bad loans to collect fees.

Brokerage companies resold these as “safe” investments for commissions.

And congressional members mandated it all to get reelected.

 

The result? Millions of people around the world were devastated.

 

In the midst I thought of a different viewpoint that suddenly seemed so relevant.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5: 5 NIV)

Jesus draws a contrast. He says we can force things in our own power or we can rest in him. In other words we can trust in our own abilities or trust in his. The difference is night and day.

 

And look at what occurs.

 

First, he promises meekness.

Wait, what? That doesn’t sound appealing.

Don’t get confused. It doesn’t mean weakness. It means having power but choosing to not use it for your own selfish reasons.

I see this as the blessing of being relaxed. Chill. In control without being overbearing.

And frankly I love those kind of people and so do others.

 

Second, as part of that we’ll find contentment.

The core issue with the financial collapse was people wanted things they couldn’t afford and rolled the dice to get them.

This contentment contrasts with that and will save us from all kinds of disasters.

 

Third, he says we will inherit the earth.

It’s God’s promise to his people when gave them the “promised land.”

Simply it means abundance. And yes he says he’ll give it to us and it’ll be enough. He’ll satisfy our material and financial needs. He’ll take care of us so we don’t need to force it ourselves.

 

And often God gives us more than we need.

A special gift just because he loves us. But I find that often motivates me to give more away to help others who don’t have enough. And enjoy the blessing of that.

 

We can strive to give ourselves abundance or rest in God’s. It’s our choice.

 

When have you seen God provide for your needs with his abundance?