Sunday, February 21, 2016

Abundance in God

“O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you, and accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone.” Psalm 31:19 (NRSV)

Recently, our state lottery awarded hundreds of millions of dollars to three winners. Lottery winners are like modern fairy tale heroes and heroines because from an earthly point of view, winning a lot of money can solve financial problems and create a happily ever after life for those who are so fortunate to receive the money. However, when we have an abundance of food, comfort and convenience, our ability to appreciate what we have diminishes and we forget that all good things come from God.  Money can be a blessing, but only if we remember that it belongs to God, not to us.

The reason that we can count our financial problems as blessings from God is because His goodness surpasses the problems. When we fear God and take refuge in Him in the sight of everyone, we create an opportunity for God to be glorified through blessing us.  The person who wins millions of dollars will have the opportunity to glorify God if he or she has sought refuge in God in the good and bad times. God is good to us here on earth, even when it does not seem like good things are happening to us. Our faith in His goodness will always yield blessings in an everlasting eternity in which our treasures are stored up for us.