Abundance. Blessings. Fullness. Joy.

I feel God is teaching me today about trust, specifically related to abundance. My year verse is Matthew 6:33 “seek FIRST…and all this will be added to you as well”. Talking about the flowers in the field, and the birds of the air … Jesus longs to fill our needs with His goodness, out of His grace and fullness. “His eye is on the sparrow” (a beautiful old hymn, and also a thought extracted from this idea in Matthew) is cool when we think about how much MORE God loves and cares about us! Will God not clothe me and feed me even better than the sparrow worth a penny? He knows our needs, so don’t worry, “ye of little faith”. SEEK FIRST.

Reading this morning from Psalm 34 (then finding a note with the same verse in another part of my bible..so cool how God speaks!)…Psalm 34:10 “Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing”.

Then two more verses came to mind about the fullness of God, the abundance of grace in Him, and the peace we can have when we fully trust:
Malachi 3:10 says, “bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple ((do our part. Seek first…)) if you do, says the Lord of Heavens armies, I will open the windows of heaven for you! I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

I love how He is challenging us to live in a radical way, counter culturally, so that He can BE GOD and do His thing /take care of the details in our lives. Blessing us beyond measure because that’s just who He is. A God incapable of giving us less than His best for us! Whether it’s what we expect or wanted, it’s His plan for our lives.
Hebrews 13:5-6, “don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” so we can say with confidence, ‘the Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people (or circumstances or situations) do to me?”

It is because He loves us that we even stand a chance at a Full and grace-filled, beautiful, (though messy) life. It’s easy to get down on ourselves or to be discouraged, days we feel stuck or anxious or unable to do anything right…but I realize, that’s where Jesus is so ready and willing to receive the pain, to help us in the process, to give and comfort and love…THERE. In the midst of a chaotic situation and unsure heart. When my eyes look down to myself instead of to the Healer where my help comes from. When I sit on my floor and and feel hopeless or distant or anxious or stuck or crazy…he loves. Still. He brings JOY because of the hope we have in Him – his grace. His promise of real, full LIFE! He lends His strong arms to fall into where we can sink and release…the tension, emotion, anxiety, stress, anger, hurt, fear … He is the KING of the universe who holds the world in His hands…so he can handle me. He wants to listen to me. To make me feel seen and safe, to protect me, to empower me, to carry my load (isn’t that crazy?!). He doesn’t want life to be a burden..we are to “seek first…and THEN…” Then: that word that encompasses waiting, patience, action, obedience, listening…all in a moment. Entrust our lives to the One who formed us in our mothers womb. Entrust out futures to the One who knows it and is already there. Entrust our hearts to the One who guards it. Entrust our souls to the Savior and King of eternity.

Habakkuk 2:3 “this vision ((of Christ’s return!)) is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed”.

Psalm 17:15, says ” because I have done what is right, I will see you. When I wake, I will be fully satisfied for I will see you face to face.”

The more you trust Jesus, and keep your eyes focused on Him, the more life you’ll have. Trusting God brings life. Believing brings rest. So stop trying to figure everything out, and let God be God in your life.