“You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” (Psalm 66:12)
It is hard to understand how a loving God would allow things to happen, that we wouldn’t want to go through. Often He allows circumstances to occur, but always for a reason, always with an outcome, and always to a place of restoration.
Tough places are by definition tough. In this scripture they went through the mill, BUT…… I love that word. How often do we see His hand in times of struggle and strife, BUT God, BUT He, BUT then. Hope in the midst of turmoil, and deliverance to a place of peace, a place of safety and a place of abundance.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that there is an end to the tough places and a place of rest is coming.” Amen
“The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.” (Genesis 24:35)
Do not be ashamed of the financial blessing God has bestowed on you. It is He who blesses with wealth in all its forms. If you are struggling do not be ashamed in asking for His blessing. He is not a stingy God.
God is an abundant God, the God of “more than enough”. Take a moment to thank him for all that He has given you. Take a close look around and you will see all that He has bestowed on you.
Use your wealth wisely, submit it to God and be obedient to His promptings but enjoy that which He has given you to enjoy.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that wealth is a blessing. Please bless me in my finances.” Amen
“So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, but even with so many the net was not torn.” (John 21:11)
I love this scripture, for two quite distinct reasons. Firstly God is an abundant provider. The nets weren’t full of ‘just enough for the day’. They weren’t just normal small fish, they were ‘large’; big fat juicy large fish, and in abundance.
Is this what we expect for our workplace? Why not? Are we not in God’s service? Are we not appointed and anointed for a purpose? Has not God appointed us to serve where we are? Is He not the same yesterday, today and forever?
The second aspect is that despite this massive haul of fish, the nets were not damaged. God can enlarge our capacity for a harvest whether that is financially or as fishers of men. We and our businesses can become the vessels that can contain an abundance of all God has for us.
Quick Prayer. “As you bless me Lord enlarge my capacity.” Amen
“LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand and all of it belongs to you.” (1 Chronicles 29:16)
The promises of God are “yes and amen”. True beyond all doubt. If we are enjoying abundance it comes from His hand. With abundance comes responsibility. By any worldly standard we are blessed and have a responsibility of being a part of building the Kingdom of God. The nuts and bolts of building and serving in a local church are a part of our responsibility.
Part of our response to receiving from God is an obligation to help sow back into His work. This should come not out of compulsion but out of a grateful heart, thankful in acknowledging that it has all come from Him. He loves to give good gifts to His chilrden, just as we do ours. he will ensure we are not spoiled, but He is generous.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for your promises Lord, and for the responsibility to respond to your generosity.” Amen
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” (Isa 61:7)
I love this word; it is such an encouragement to me. Here is a wonderful and endearing picture of the heart of God to restore. He will take our shame and replace it with a blessing double the size of what was lost.
He will take the disgrace we may have experienced, and it will be replaced with rejoicing in the abundance of His blessing and provision. If you have experienced failure at work, there is hope in these words.
Not only will we receive twice as much as we would have originally had things gone well, but the joy will be everlasting. It will be a blessing not only for this world but for the one beyond out into eternity for ever and ever—blessing, abundance, and joy.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that failure does not preclude a great blessing. Amen.