~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
Talk about an encouraging Word! Did you fully get that? I must admit, the first couple of times I read it, I didn't. The Lord kept drawing me back to it though, so I knew it needed a closer look. In order to help fully grasp its message, I broke it down and began looking for some additional definitions for these everyday phrases. It helped me appreciate the power of this passage anew...I hope it does the same for you.
And God is able (He has the necessary skill, power and resources)
to make all grace (the greatest possible degree of God's favor)
abound to you (far more than just adequate, but abounding; occurring in great quantities or numbers; to be rich or well supplied; overflowing)
in all things (the greatest possible degree of actions, deeds or events)
at all times (continuously, without interruption)
having all you need (being supplied with the greatest possible degree of that which you require)
you will abound in every good work! (You will be well supplied in every righteous task or undertaking)
In context, this passage is referring to giving. You are perhaps more familiar with the verse just previous to this:
"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
When God's Word teaches about giving, do you perceive it to only mean financially? My personal opinion is that He's referring to all our resources...our time, our energy, our prayers, our belongings, etc. What encouragement! Through God's power and favor, we are more than adequately supplied for every righteous task we may undertake. Our offerings (however humble they may be) need only be given with a willing heart. He does the rest! As we have freely received, we are to freely give. (Matthew 10:8) How about you? Does this speak in a particular way to you today?
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