What do you think of when you hear the word abundance?  Webster defines abundance as “the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply”  In your mind it would be a more than adequate quantity or supply of what?  I think more times than not we associate abundance with wealth, so let’s see what the Bible says.  

The passage that caught my eye was Psalm 66:8-12  which reads , “Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of His praise be heard; He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundace.”  Do you think abundance refers to wealth in this verse?  Well, lets go to Luke! Stay with me people (-:

Luke 12:15-21 “Then He (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Hmmmm…) And He told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ ” Then he said, ” This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grains and goods. And I’ll say to myself,  ‘You have penty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ ”  But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demaned from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”  ” This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Ok… so what do you think?  Here is what I got from all of this. There are several verses in the Bible that associate abundance with prosperity, land, and food but also with grace, peace, love and even soap (-: (Jer. 2:22).  So it is obvious that God wants us to live a life that is full of all the good things that He provides. However, I think more than anything He wants us to be “rich toward God” . And if our “life does not consist in the abundance of our possessions” then what should our life consist of? – an abundance of Him!

We desire to be financially secure, but can we truly be secure with just money – especially in this economy. If our security is in Christ and His Word and He never changes, then we will remain secure. If our life consists of abiding in Him and His word and does not consist in the abundance of our possessions then we will be content no matter what our financial or possession status.

At what point do we stop striving for a bigger “barn” and better investments and retirement plans  and start spending our time and energy looking beyond ourselves to fulfill God’s plans and seek to know what His heart desires??  I am not saying I am against wealth, because I believe that God will always “abundantly” supply what we need, but what are we focused on?  What was Jesus focused on when He was here?

 As I was writing this blog Jack kept coming up to me asking questions and telling me all about his books, so I got his puzzles out for him to work on while I finished up. He put together about 1/3 of the puzzle and then came back over and kept talking to me, so I stopped and said, “Jack, don’t you want to finish your puzzle or play with your trains?” He said, “No, mommy, I want you to come play with me.”  The Lesson: It does not matter how many toys, books or puzzles my kids have (and they do have an abundance), if I do not take the time to play with them they will still feel deprived.

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