More Than — 2 Chronicles 25:9
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Genesis 17:1-2
"I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:6-7
In the common language of Heaven everything, all blessings, exceed their measure of necessity. God didn’t just promise Abraham a son He promised him that he would be the father of a multitude, literally a father of many nations. Notwithstanding, He made this promise to him when Abram was already 99 years old. Why a multitude? Why many nations. First, because there would be many generations before the Seed of Abraham, Jesus would be born. But, also because God was revealing Himself to Abraham as the God of abundant supply and ever increasing, ever multiplying blessing.
In Genesis 17:1 God said to Abram, I Am The Almighty God. In the Hebrew, I Am El Shaddai. El = God, Shaddai = All Sufficient One; literally, the God of ever more abundant supply. God’s resources cannot be exhausted and His favor and blessing cannot be diminished. He is ever flowing and overflowing with His gifts toward His people.
This is God’s way, to be extravagant in blessing, not just enough, but always abounding more and more than enough. As we become imitators of God we should also excel in this act of God’s love, extravagant generosity. The message of the widow’s mite that so impressed Jesus was that she gave extravagantly considering the measure of her poverty. She gave all that she had, trusting God and desiring to be obedient to His Word. Her two mites would be worth about $2.00 today. And she gave it all.
We would all be wise to learn and practice that kind of giving. Not that anyone one of us should become poorer by virtue of our distribution to others, but that through our overwhelming generosity, imitating God, we would also become like Him in more increasingly, having our storehouse full to overflowing. The more we give the more we receive. It’s Heaven’s most common economic practice.
Here’s a spiritual exercise you may find illuminating. List how many times and how many ways God has unexpectedly and generously supplied you need, favored you, provided for you, healed you, protected you, saved you from a negative consequence.