11th October 2012

God Is Extremely Rich!

“[God says]—If I get hungry, do you think I’d tell you? All creation and its bounty are mine.”
Psalm 50:12 (MSG)

I’m sure every one of us, whether we have a personal relationship with God or not, realise that because he is the Creator God—He is rich!

After all, everything in the universe belongs to him, but did you notice that he never flaunts his wealth before us? Even though he owns everything that is physical or spiritual he speaks about his riches, not in terms of material things like money or property, but of mercy, and grace.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:7-8 NIV Italics mine throughout). Notice, He lavishes this grace upon us; pours it out abundantly and freely without measure!

This precious gift of grace comes about because God loves us and is rich in mercy. We read in Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV), “But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

Here on earth Jesus was the reflection of the wealth of the grace and the mercies of God. He had mercy on lepers, on the blind, the sick, those who were possessed by demons. He brought back to life the son of a widow just because this lady would have been destitute otherwise (Luke 7). And in this case there is not a word about her faith; this was a gracious and lavish overflow of divine mercy as a gift to her.

The place where grace and mercy are found today is at the throne of God.  Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) encourages us, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Here is the infinite wealth and power of our great God just waiting to be poured out on those who take time to approach and ask. Notice how Paul concludes his letter to the church at Philippi, “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19-20 NRSV).

Praise and thanks to you, great Father, for the riches of grace and mercy that you continually pour out upon us because we are your little children. Help us to not only accept these blessings for ourselves, but to allow them to overflow to others each day.

Study by Cliff Neill 

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One Response to “11th October 2012”

  1. Ian Woodley on October 12th, 2012 9:01 pm

    Hi Cliff, thanks for this Day by Day. It is amazing how often I measure blessings in terms of material things and yet the gifts of grace and mercy are so such much better than any wealth! You certainly have got me thinking today.
    Thanks again

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