Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jesus Revealed, while supplies last

Last week I received an email from Thomas Nelson Publishers with the above title. Of course they were referring to a book, but I wondered if the double entendre had missed their attention. Thank God the Bible assures us the grace of God through Jesus is abundant in supply (Phil. 4:19).

Because we are finite creatures occupying a finite world, with finite minds, we are barely able to comprehend the word “limitless.” Perhaps because most of us are so self-consciously aware of our own intellectual and moral weaknesses, we cannot appreciate infinite power. And not only that, we are constantly reminded by evironmentalists that we are living on an earth with dwindling resources. If we live by sight rather than faith, we won't see God's unlimited supply. And worse, we'll live within the scope of our limitations.

The Israelites limited the God of Israel (Ps. 78:40-43) when they were in a desert with limited resources.  They focused on their deprivation and forgot that God had just performed miracles and signs in Egypt. They provoked God by doubting His ability to provide (Heb. 3:16). But the same thing can happen to us if we forget that our heavenly Father’s power resides within us “to accomplish infinitely more than we could ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20). And we don’t have to worry about supplies running out.

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