The Abundance of Christ

“7    O God, when you went out before your people,
when You marched through the wilderness,
8      the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9      Rain in abundance, O God, You shed abroad;
You restored Your inheritance as it languished;
10    Your flock found a dwelling in it;
in Your goodness, O God, You provided for the needy.”

-Psalm 68:7-10 (ESV)


God made the world and called it “good.” He made man and called him “very good.” Contrary to popular opinion, He even made work and called it “good.” But the failure of man to live and work by God’s good design has made our work turmoil. “Cursed is the ground because of you,” He says to Adam. The work of men will no longer bring about the fruitfulness of God’s Garden. The same ground given for men to work and cultivate was the ground from which God had ordained to provide for our needs.

Failure to work in God’s design not only offends the Creator; it starves the creation.

If we can’t get the ground to produce anywhere near the abundance that God intended, then how are we to cultivate anything good and refreshing in the deeper matters of righteousness and justice? Our yield is produced with pain, and our spiritual deadness only makes matters worse by killing the crop of human kindness with the thorns and thistles of greed.

A people starving for love will not be fed by the wasteland of human effort.

Either we will seek to affirm each other’s spiritual poverty by denying the truth about sin, or we will manipulate each other’s hearts in order to meet our own need. With a “curse on the ground,” there will never be enough to go around – at least, not with each of us trying to satiate his own greed. There will never be enough love for everyone, enough nourishment for our starving souls – not as long as we each refuse to give as much as we take.

But God has not ceased to be a Creator. He can remake us. After all, this is the God “Who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17).

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