2 Corinthians 9:8 God’s Abundant Provision

 

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And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

All over the world there are people who have accumulated many things. Some have accumulated large dollar amount items, with extreme wealth, while others just accumulate lower cost items. In most of the cases, both the wealthy and the not so wealthy, the items are accumulated for self.

The world looks at one being successful by measuring the amount of items that has been accumulated over time. The more a person has, the better he is.

Having things is not a problem, however, they become a problem when they are only used for one’s own self.

This type of problem can occur among believers also. God is a God who loves to be generous and pour out many blessings of provision. He does not pour out just enough for what a person needs, but abundantly more than what is needed.

There is a purpose in God’s being generous. That purpose is so that the person receiving can pour out generously into someone else’s life. God helps the believer, so that the believer can help someone else, not so that he can hoard it all to himself.

All the things that a person can accumulate in this world, cars, money, houses, clothes, will only last for a short time. They are temporary. However, during this short time on life, those things can be used to help meet the needs of other people, both believers and non-believers.

Paul had just talked about a believer needs to be a cheerful, generous giver. This is so that God can continue to bless the believer with more, because He knows that believer will in turn bless someone else with what he has.

God is giving you everything that you have so that you can meet the needs of others as He meets your needs. God can meet all of your needs in miraculous ways of His own provision or through others as you are generous with what He has blessed you with.

As you meet the needs of others, you are abounding in every good work. You are showing God’s love to others, both believers and those of this world.

Do not allow yourself to become stingy with what God has given you, pass it on to others.

I pray today that you will see what God has blessed you with; that God will show you ways to meet the needs of others; that you will see God’s abundant provision; and that God will help you abound in every good work. 

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Psalm 31:19 God Stores Good Things For You

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 31:19

Looking around the world, it can be difficult to see good things if the focus is not correct. Everywhere a person looks, one can see crime, war, hatred and sinful acts or promotion of sin. Some may wonder if there is any good left.

Then, add in the problems of just everyday life that many people go through. People going through life-threatening sickness, homelessness, no job, split families and bills past due.

Some of the problems are ‘smaller’ such as being late for work, tire blowing out, a messy house, dishes to get done, meals to plan, and children fighting.

As one sees all the problems in the individual life and in the world, it is sometimes difficult to see what God is doing. God has plans for each person and they are good plans.

The only way to get those good things is to believe in and follow God. Those who serve God with all of their heart are the ones who will see the good things God has for them.

The amount of good things that God has stored up for each believer is beyond count. Those things are also beyond imagination, some of which will be revealed in this life. Others which will be revealed in heaven.

As you trust and fear God with all of your life, God will be able to pour out those good things on you. You cannot trust in the things, this world or yourself. You have to take up refuge in God and trust in Him alone.

Regardless of how good a day you have or how bad a day you have, in the end you will have and be with God for all eternity. That is the ultimate good thing God has for you.

However, in this life, God will pour out good things on you. You may see a good sunrise, or sunset, give you a good friend, a good church, a reason to laugh or smile, food on the table, and the list goes on. God will never be short on giving good things, if you trust in Him and not the things.

I pray today that you will know and trust in Jesus; that you will have a proper fear of God; that God will open your eyes to the good things you have been given; and that you will take up refuge in God alone.