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Hold whatever you’re doing. Put down the current book you’re reading. I want you to grab a copy of Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst and dive right in. This book is so applicable and moving, and I can’t stop telling people to read it.
The title is maybe a little vague, but the book’s subtitle is what draws me in the most: “living loved when you feel less than, left out, and lonely”. I don’t know a single woman who can’t relate to any or all of the latter part of that. This book helps me learn to believe God when he says he loves and chooses me. As well as believing the scriptures about him that tell me how awesome, good, and in control he is.
Also, something TerKeurst references in one chapter is the concept of living out of abundance, not scarcity. She bases this on a psychological theory of perceiving good things in life as being in too short supply. Which makes life a rat race for everyone to get their own piece of the good.
Whereas on the other hand, living in abundance is the opposite approach. It’s the idea of embracing all that God gives you in life, and knowing it’s more than enough. That you don’t have to scrape for a bit of what everyone else has, because you have a generous supply of good in life that’s all your own.
With this concept in mind, I’m noticing so many Bible verses that talk about abundance. I’m reading through the Psalms in the English Standard Version (still), and the words “abundance” and “abound” show up many times. Here are some of those scriptures:
“But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in fear of you.” – Psalm 5:7 (ESV)
“We went through fire and through water, yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.” – Psalm 66:12 (ESV)
“The Lord knows the days of the blameless and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.” – Psalm 37: 18-19 (ESV)
“They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” – Psalm 145: 7-8 (ESV)
It’s cool to look into the words a bit more, too. Our English definition of abundance is simply “an ample quantity” or “a relative degree of plentifulness.” In my mind, that just means “a lot”.
Whereas the Hebrew words you find in these verses have more meaning, at least to me. Take Psalm 37:19 for example – “In the days of famine they have abundance.” The Hebrew word is “saba,” which means “to fill to satisfaction,” “have enough”, or “to be weary of”. To be so full of something you can’t even comprehend any more. Also, in Psalm 66:12, the word for “abundance” is “rvayah” (rev-aw-yah), which means “running over” or “wealthy”.
I don’t typically look at life like that. Instead, I get jealous of people who have what I want, or I feel as though I’m in competition with them. If someone achieves something I dream about, I feel almost as if it was taken from me, or that I won’t achieve it because they did.
This is a pattern of false thinking that we construct for ourselves, guys. That’s not what this life is about. God doesn’t pit us against each other, or make us fight one another to get the greater blessing. What he gives us is absolutely enough, and he designs it just for us.
How different would life be if we look at it this way? Instead of fighting tooth and nail to get the things we desire, we view all the great things God has given us, all the ways he is working? Instead of feeling like the exception, we can trust God when he promises to fulfill those desires, possibly in a greater way than we can imagine?
This perspective is eye-opening, but is also a choice. I wish I could say that now, I am competition- and jealousy-free, but that’s not the case. I have to remind myself of this every day. My sinful nature believes the lie that there isn’t enough for all of us. Which leaves me feeling indignant when someone else gets something I want – an achievement or a physical thing. But my goal is to believe this, to hold onto these scriptures and to continually ask God to show me the abundance.
How do you look at life: out of scarcity or abundance? (Good ways to check: how often are you jealous? Comparing yourself to others? Competitive? Do you have a horizontal (towards others) or a vertical (towards God) perspective?) How can life be different if you choose abundance over scarcity?
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