Driving past a field the other day, I noticed that a farmer had just opened a new field to the sheep. The field where they had been was brown and bare and the new field was full of green plants as high as the sheep. Some of the sheep went into the middle of the tallest plants, while some others stayed on the edge where the plants were not as high. Some others were still making their way there from the dry brown field.
As I saw it, I felt the Lord quicken in my spirit the word ‘abundance’. Jesus is the good Shepherd who cares for His sheep. He knows what His sheep need and when they need it. He has abundant provision for us all. We don’t need to look for our own way, but rather look to the good Shepherd and go where He leads, and it will be a place of abundance.
I think sometimes we can be like those sheep who stayed at the edge of the field, nibbling on the shorter growth there. We can be content with just a little taste of God’s goodness, but He is urging us to go deeper and experience the fullness of all the abundance He has for us. And I don’t mean just material things, but all that He has for us in our body, soul, and spirit. He has an abundance for us and is able, and wants, to do abundantly more than we could ask, hope, or imagine.
‘Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think’ (Ephesians 3:20).
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are a God of abundance. Thank You that You lead me in green pastures. Forgive me for the times I have held back, satisfied with the little bits on the edges rather than plunging into the full abundance You have for me. Help me today to embrace all that You have for me in body, soul, and spirit. I give You all the glory. Amen.
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