I have come across the word “abundant” many times lately in God’s word. Its definition is: existing or available in large quantities; plentiful, ample, profuse, bountiful.
One way in which I can visualize the meaning of “abundant” is by seeing someone walk into a grocery store, and then from there, this person assumes that all the products are theirs to take home–every item on every aisle… every cereal box, every ketchup bottle, every piece of fruit. Wow, now that’s a profuse amount of food for one person! With this in mind, hear these words:
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Isaiah 55:2
In this verse, we both know that the phrase eat what is good and delight yourself in abundance is not referring to a bountiful trip to our local grocery store. We find more of the meaning in the first phrase: listen carefully to Me. The abundant life that the Lord is speaking of here is about our spiritual life. It cannot be found in a physical sense; this is where many get confused, thinking that we deserve a comfortable living and a trial free existence. But even Christ suffered, so why do we think we should be void of it? Abundant living refers to the the spiritual richness that the Lord desires to lavish on us in the midst of suffering, in the midst of waiting, in the midst of the unknown. In essence, He wants to give us a piece of heaven while we are walking on this earth.
And, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Eph 1:3
So what are the spiritual blessings that are lavished on us from on high? And what will we find “on the aisles of His warehouse” that costs us nothing, and yet cost Him His Son?
forgiveness of sins
mercies that are new every morning
wisdom that is pure
love that never fails
joy that overflows
peace that passes all understanding…
On and on, on and on. I pray that you will delight yourselves in abundance in Him today. Nothing on this earth compares to what He has to offer. And as you and I enter His presence and stand in the midst of His spiritual blessings, may we declare with thanksgiving, we have more than enough.