A culture of abundance

Every day, humanity is confronted with various kinds of lack—lack of money or job opportunities, lack of health, lack of peace, lack of love, lack of meaning, lack of good government, and so on. In fact, evidence that we or others are without what is needed is so pervasive that a culture of lack just seems to be the normal state of being. But is it? 

One of the prominent themes of the Bible is that abundance is not only possible but expected when we look to God as our source of supply. Many people whose stories we read in the Scriptures found that prayer—when it is a deep acknowledgment that God is always present and caring for us—can transform a culture of lack into a culture of abundance.

Consider Abraham (initially known as Abram). He was an ordinary man, someone like you and me. Yet Abraham developed a healthy sense of the reality of good—of God’s ever-presence and direct guidance. God spoke to him, and he responded. This is first evident in his conviction that he must leave his native country (see Genesis 12:1–8), which can be seen as leaving the usual human ways of thinking and doing things—ways generally characterized by the belief that good is limited rather than abundant.

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December 16, 2019

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