(Post submitted by Janine O’Rourke)
John 10:10: “I came that they may have life, and life abundantly.”
Fasting is a journey of discovery and lingering in God’s presence, not an activity to tick off, or a discipline to be endured. In spending time with God, I’m reminded of the verse in Psalm 46:10 where he tells us to “be still and know I am God.”
As we take time to sit and ponder God’s word, “abundance” takes on fresh revelation.
- A very large quantity, amount or volume of something.
- To have more than you need.
- Excessive, liberal, an extravagant portion.
- Overflowing, profuse, over-and-above.
- An extremely plentiful or over-sufficient quantity or supply.
Abundance isn’t just for each one of us personally in various areas of our lives, but it is given to us because we are salt to the earth, flavour to the world, the fragrance of Christ in us and through us as the world cries out for his bounty.
Sometimes our heads can know this, but as we truly plant this word in our hearts, it comes more alive. No longer do we secretly think we don’t deserve this abundance, but we now long to live in it and watch for it to unfold daily in our interactions with others, in our daily habits.
We don’t have to hold back because we barely have enough for ourselves, but we have overflowing and surplus of whatever it is – love, mercy, compassion, finances, peace.
Jesus, I am so blessed that you came down from heaven to give us life abundant. I choose to see your excess everyday. I make agreement with it; I walk in it; I listen to it; and, I will look for it always. You are an awesome God of “more-than-enough.” Whatever area in my life that feels lacking, I trust you are going to fill it up to overflowing. In your name I pray, Amen.