More Than Enough
Are things feeling a bit tight lately? Are you falling behind financially or barely making it? It hasn't been an easy time for many people because of inflation. As a result, you may feel that you do not have enough. But what if, in reality, you have more than enough? What if there is a deeper abundance at work in your life that you just can't see right now? I know that seems far fetched. But hear me out before you completely dismiss this train of thought. The Scriptures point us to a comprehensive abundance that is available to each of us.
Listen to how the Apostle Paul describes it in his prayer here in Ephesians 3:14-21: “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
My favorite line in this entire prayer is "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." In this one sentence we hear a declaration of the abundance of God that is greater than anything we can even imagine at this point. We can't always see it or feel it. But it is there. And sometimes we need to cling to it by faith. Especially when we feel like we don't have enough.
I have noticed that my mind is usually focused on what I don't have. I don't think I'm alone here. Most of us think if we just had a million dollars in the bank, we would be set for life. That would finally be enough. We believe this only when we don't have this much. However, actual millionaires were surveyed and asked how much yearly income they felt they needed to have enough. Almost all of them said "between 3-5 million a year." It's never enough as long as our minds keep moving the finish line.
That reminds of a time I rode my bike as a kid to try to see the end of a rainbow. No matter how far I rode, the end of it was always the same distance away. So maybe the Apostle Paul is on to something. Maybe we can change our perspective and start focusing on what we have. Take a long, steady look at all the abundance God has already placed in your life. Don't stop until you've thanked God for everything you can think of. Now you are ready to believe that God can give you more than you ask or imagine. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual place of abundance. When we focus on this abundance with the eyes of faith we will begin to notice how it shows up more and more in our everyday lives.
I invite you this week to focus on God's abundant provision for your life. Whatever needs you have right now, trust that God can provide in ways that you can't even imagine. Delight in all the simple gifts God has already given to you. Then, instead of feeling like you always need more, you may begin to realize that you already have more than enough.
May you rejoice in God's abundance this week.