Abundance in the Father’s House (Pt 2)

Daily Devotion | Day 323

“You [God] crown the year with Your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance” (Psalm 65:11, NKJV).

This is a continuation of our series on “Abundance in the Father’s House.” As we go through this study, I hope you recognize that you are in the Father’s house now. Paul had this to say to the Christians in Ephesus, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). The Church is God’s household and you belong to this house. Therefore, when we speak of abundance in the Father’s house, keep in mind that the abundance in the house is for everyone in the family, including you.

Our opening Scripture from Psalm 65 tells us that God crowns the year with His goodness, and His paths drip with abundance. Yesterday, we saw how Adam and Eve went from a sense of abundance and provision to a sense of lack and insecurity. Today, we will focus on rejecting thoughts of lack and replacing them with thoughts of abundance. We will do so by drawing one lesson from Jesus’s teachings: His message to the disciples regarding the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod (Mark 8:13-21).

In His ministry, Jesus taught the disciples to expect abundance of good things from the Father. He demonstrated this in His own life. And when His disciples entertained thoughts of lack, He did not hesitate to correct them and redirect them to have confidence in the Father’s provision. Thoughts of lack are thoughts of doubt. If allowed to persist, these thoughts become the breeding ground for unbelief. Soon, they will become an obstacle to our experience of the Father’s blessings.

One day Jesus was on a boat with His disciples. The disciples realized they had forgotten to bring bread with them. At the same time, Jesus told them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod. When they heard this, they started thinking of their lack of bread, for they assumed Jesus was speaking to them about bread. He wasn’t. Jesus was disappointed that they entertained thoughts of no bread. Part of His response was, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened?” (8:17). Jesus used this occasion to (re)teach them about the Father’s provision and abundance.

What He did was remind them of the feeding of the five thousand and of the four thousand. For each incident of provision, Jesus asked them “How many fragments did you take up?” (8:19, 20). They took up 12 baskets and 7 baskets of fragments respectively. Then Jesus said to them, “How is it you do not understand?” (8:21). What was Jesus’ point? He wanted them to stop thinking of lack and instead think of abundance and provision. That was one lesson He was hoping they had learned when they saw Him multiply bread for thousands.

And it is the same lesson Jesus wants us to learn once and for all. Abundance is all around us. If we cannot see it with our naked eye, it does not mean it is not there. With the eyes of faith we can see and access the invisible, for faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

Don’t limit yourself with thoughts of lack. Glorify God by entertaining thoughts of abundance. And watch the Father’s goodness overflow in your life.

To be continued tomorrow, God willing.

For further studyLuke 12:22-34 and Psalm 23:1-6

Displaying the Goodness of the Father

Daily Devotional: Day 159

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10, NKJV).

We often say, “God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good.” This is true. Naturally, it follows that, as children of God, we are by association, called to display the goodness of God. While in this world, Jesus taught us by word and example the character of the Father. As followers of Jesus, this is our calling, too: to display the goodness of the Father. In Matthew 5:16, for example, Jesus commands us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (emphasis added). It doesn’t get clearer than that. Jesus wants us to do good works for people to see that they may glorify our Father in heaven. All glory goes to the Father, not to us; but it’s important that our good deeds are open for all to see. We are in this world to display – through our good works – how good God is.

Toward the end of his Letter to the Galatians, Paul urged the believers to persevere in doing good. Why? Because whatever we sow, we shall reap. If we sow goodness, we shall reap goodness. Whatever we sow shall return to us. Therefore, let’s be careful what we’re sowing in this life. Paul continues to say that while we have opportunity, we should do good to all, especially our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Notice that God wants us to do good to all people, not some people. But the Bible emphasizes that we should remember especially those who are of the household of faith. As members of God’s family, displaying the goodness of God starts with how we treat each other.

When you see an opportunity to do good, remember that it’s an opportunity for you to show the character of your Father in heaven. Don’t hesitate. And don’t make excuses. If you avoid an opportunity to do good, you’re avoiding God’s blessing. Don’t look for reasons or excuses to avoid doing good. Rather, look for reasons to do good. This is your divine mandate. Consider it a great honor to be given the opportunity to display in this world the character of the good Father. Make your Father proud.

The peace of God be upon you and all that belong to you. Amen.

For further study: Ephesians 2:1-10