Fresh Hope – 31st May 2018

As a child, whenever Mom was serving up some delicious food for my brother and I, we would often stand by, watching and ensuring that the division of the food was exactly accurate and even between my brother’s plate and mine. If the other DARE get a little more ice cream or chips than the other, it would be utterly unfair. We did not want to miss out!  Sometimes we can take the same mentality into adulthood. We think God only has ‘X’ amount. So if someone else gets 70%, then that means that there is only 30% left for us. We live in a state of comparison, perhaps competition, hustling for our portion of blessing, as there must surely be a limited amount for everyone. But guess what? It is actually ok to cheer one another on. It is ok to celebrate the success of someone else. It is ok to watch other people be blessed and not feel like you are missing out. Why? Because God has more than enough for everyone. God has unlimited resources. It is in fact possible for everyone to have 100% of all He has for them. Your God is not small. His provision – be it in finances, jobs, healing, gifts, talents, relationships – is not limited. Be careful that you don’t settle for crumbs, when God has already called you to sit at His table.

1 Corinthians 2:9 says, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’.

A stunning example of Jesus providing in abundance was when He fed 5000 people with five loaves, and two fish. ‘Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over (Matthew 14:19-21). Their needs weren’t just met – they were SATISFIED and THERE WERE LEFT OVERS! Why would the Bible bother mentioning leftovers? How wasteful, one might think! I believe that Jesus wanted to prove that there is MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE. You don’t need to scurry after the little pieces of leftover bread in your life, while you watch others feast on loaves. You don’t need to settle for a can of tuna, thinking the person next to you has taken one of the two fish. There is something for you. Not just to get you through either – but to satisfy, plus more!  

What areas of your life have you been disqualifying yourself from being able to receive something good? OR in what areas of your life have you been disqualifying God and His ability to have more than enough for you?

Matthew 7:7-8 ““Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Emma Burchell

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