Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
The human mind cannot fully understand nor our language express the goodness of God. We know that God is good, at least I hope we do. But even our most lofty thoughts or concepts of His goodness fall far short of the abundance of His goodness. Everything about God’s nature and character must be prefaced by the word abundant. God is abundant in grace. He is abundant in mercy. He is abundant in love. He is abundant in glory. He is abundant in goodness. If I were able to blog throughout eternity, I would never be able to mention the many ways that God displays His abundance. Mankind is a daily benefactor of the abundance of our Creator. It is astounding to think of what it takes for God to feed this planet for just one hour!
Unfortunately, this ever present abundance of God is eclipsed by the disastrous effects of sin. Thus, we are more prone to focus on our wants, pleasures, and hurts than the abundance of God, aren’t we? Until we arrive to our eternal state, we will be living in what the bible calls the time of “former things” (Ecclesiastes 1:11). We all live in the inescapable reality of Ecclesiastes 3. We laugh, we cry, we win, we lose, we argue, we make up, we are born and we die. Ho hum!!! A sure recipe for boredom and despair, right? Wrong, a thousand times wrong! Today, as adopted children of God, you and I are surrounded by the abundance of Our Redeemer God. Abundant pardon. Abundant Grace. Abundant patience. The greatest and most glorious expression of God’s abundance was displayed on Mount Calvary, when Jesus stretched out His arms on the cross for our sins and cried out, “It is Finished!” (John 19:30)