Justin Case stays in the trunk of my car at all times. It is a kit of tools and other materials in case of an emergency. It can serve as an auxiliary reserve in times of need as a support and aid. One might say that my car abounds or is rich and well-supplied with extra items.
There seems to be a time of excessive amounts of things that goes beyond satisfying needs and moves into the realm of surfeit. This term can be used to describe the overindulgence in eating or drinking as well as overdoing just about anything physical or material.
When King David decided to number Israel, it greatly displeased God ( 1 Ch 21: 1-7). This is somewhat perplexing because at other times taking a census was allowed and even commanded ( 1 Ch 23: 1-3) ( Ex 30: 12) ( Nu 3: 14-15) ( Nu 14: 21-23). This time, however, Satan had incited David to sin, bypassing God and depending on his one million plus soldiers. Surely he had forgotten what God did for Israel in the days of the Judge Gideon. God reduced the 32,000 warriors to 300 to prove His abounding might against the Midianites ( Jug 7: 2-7).
Christians today are told to abound in good works because God is abounding in grace to them ( 1 Cor 9:8). Paul writes that love should abound in them more and more and express itself in knowledge and insight ( Php 1:9). In fact, Jesus came into the world to bring abundant life to His disciples ( Jo 10-10).
The answer to knowing when to abound and yet not surfeit appears to be what one does with the excess. The first church shared their possessions with anyone who had need (Act 2:44-45). (Rom 12:13). As Paul stresses sacrificial giving ( 2 Cor 9:8) he also explains that it is to be reciprocal ( 2 Cor 8: 13-15). Just as God supplied abundant power to Gideon, He will abundantly supply all that we need at all times to generously love and help others (Eph4:28)
Submitted by Jery Bailey
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