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Topic: Extra (08/29/13)
TITLE: The God of More than Enough
By Ernest Yoder
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If you are a parent in charge of preparing meals for your family, how often have you gone to the pantry and calculated how much you have in the way of ingredients for the next meal? Or perhaps you are a do-it-yourself mechanic and you need to determine whether you have enough oil on hand and a filter for your next oil change. Perhaps you are motoring to a distant destination and you glance at the fuel gauge and question, “Do I have enough gas to complete the trip?” Every day we are confronted with the question of sufficient amounts of whatever it is we need and the possibility of not being able to complete a task because of insufficient supplies. That is a common occurrence in the natural world.
But God does not have that problem. There is never a threat of insufficient ability to provide all that is needed for whatever confronts us. Too often the problem is of our own making. We shortchange our opportunities when we fail to have faith in our all sufficient God. The parable of the prodigal son is an analogy of what happens when we become too independent and self sufficient. When he finally “came to his senses” he realized “how many of his father’s hired men have food to spare….” (Luke 15:17 NIV)
Not only is God’s pantry of natural provision fully stocked beyond our needs, His spiritual supply also is inexhaustible. In Ephesians 3:20 Paul assures us about this provision of God. What God can do in us is beyond our capacity to imagine. If we can get beyond getting the credit and arrive at a place where God, Who gives us every thing we have, gets the “glory” we will have come a long way to depending on “Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.” (NIV) The natural tendency to constantly inventory our supplies will not be as much a factor in our spiritual lives. In fact, what we are learning to practice spiritually should influence us to a calmer faith walk in our natural lives.
Are we beset with thoughts of inadequacy in the areas of occupation or ministry? Do our worries of “not enough” in the natural world detract us from coming to God to claim an endless supply of what we need? Our spiritual awareness of this sufficiency of God should be consciously cultivated in our minds. He always has “extra.” He is the God of more than enough.
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