And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed,
“The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
and abundant in goodness and truth.”
Exodus 34:6 (KJV)
In an age of scarcity, high costs, and uncertainty, God offers abundance. God’s abundance extends beyond a measure of material quantity but is seen in its “spiritual quality”. Abundance infers power and ability.
God offers abundance in many areas that mankind is in desperate need of today.
- He offers for all who would believe in Him an abundance of mercy—relief from the punishment we deserve. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
- He offers grace—His unmerited favor. “For where sin abound, grace did much more abound.” (Rom. 5:20)
- He offers an abundance of lovingkindness. “For I know that You are gracious…and abundant in lovingkindness. “ (Jonah 4:2) Who couldn’t use more of that!
The place where this type of abundance was desperately needed was in the area of human sin. Throughout history, God had sought solutions to man’s sin condition. He used mediators to “stand in the gap”—prophets and priests (Heb. 8:6). He instituted sacrifices to cover man’s sin—the blood of goats and calves (Heb. 12:9) but none proved to be sufficient and effective in extinguishing sin.
However, when Christ entered the landscape of time, God offered an abundance of grace through His Son’s precious blood thereby eliminating sin’s power and obtaining eternal redemption. Christ also offered the gift of righteousness—the state or condition of perfectly conforming to God’s perfect law and holy character (Romans 3:21-26).
Abundance, by its very definition, offers the promise of great supply and more than sufficient quantity. God offers abundance plus much more for our daily wants and needs. There is no need to worry or fear that we will deplete God’s abundance of grace. In an age of scarcity, high costs, and uncertainty, God alone offers us inexhaustible abundance.