Read Deuteronomy 8:1-20
Adequate or abundant? Which would you choose?
Just enough provided just in time or more than enough provided well ahead of time?
All you can eat buffet and free drink refills or the provision of a meager lunch and the uncertainty of dinner?
The obvious choice, of course, is the affluent one. It is the one where the supply of our basic needs is much more than adequate. And yet, Moses points out, there is a high risk in the abundant life.
The people of God had been more accustomed to adequate.
God provided manna . . . just enough for today and only for today. They would have to wait for His provision tomorrow. He had offered them just-in-time assistance with regard to rescue from opposition and quenching of their thirst. His provision for them had been adequate. And that adequate, just enough at just the right time provision had a way of causing them to understand their dependence on Him.
But on the other side of the Jordan River, abundance awaited. Hunger would be a forgotten feeling. A nice, more permanent home would take the place of their temporary tents. Their flocks would multiply as would their silver and their gold. Water and fruitful crops would abound. In short, they would “lack nothing” (v. 9).
So what is the risk associated with abundance? Abundance can create pride. Moses warned them (and us) not to say, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me” (v. 17).
In our abundance, pride may prevent us from recognizing that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights . . .” (Js. 1:17). In our abundance, pride may cause us to forget or ignore the Lord and His call upon our lives.
It is early morning as I write this. Unlike many who wondering every morning if they will eat breakfast, I am asking the question, “What, from the many options in the cupboard and refrigerator, will I eat?” Yes, I have experienced God’s abundant provision.
I dare not forget the source, and I must steward it to His glory!
“Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil” (Prov. 15:16).