What do we see when we look up at the stars on a clear night? Seeing the estimated 6,000 stars visible on the clearest night is all we need to realize that God does things in a big way. And even the magnificence of those 6,000 stars isn’t the whole picture. Science has discovered many millions of stars—far more than what can be seen.
It’s just one proof of the fact that God never does only enough to satisfy the situation; He always provides more than enough. From turning water into wine to feeding thousands on a hillside, God always provides more than what was necessary to meet the need. He is the God of abundance.
An understanding that God wants to abundantly provide for us is within the heart of every believer. He wants to be the Lord of all and is ready to show His love, power, and provision to humanity. God is able and willing to demonstrate His loving and giving nature to all of His children.
To clearly understand God’s will we need only to look at Third John 2, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (NKJV).
This verse leaves no question that God wants us to prosper in all things. He has given us the power to receive from Him through faith. But if we are to properly prosper in all things it is vital that our eyes be on Him and not on natural things.
If our trust is misdirected and resting on natural things instead of the laws of abundance we will never rise up in His power to prosper. Jesus made this truth clear one day when a rich young man came to Him. This account from Mark 10:17 22:
“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, ‘Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?’ So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not bear false witness,” “Do not defraud,” “Honor your father and your mother.'”
“And he answered and said to Him, ‘Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.’ Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.’ But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (NKJV).
This young man lacked the understanding of the power of giving. He followed God’s laws for his spiritual relationship, but in natural things his trust was in his wealth. Jesus wanted to teach him to trust God in natural things as well as spiritual. The man was familiar with the commandments and had lived by the law of Moses. He had a heart hungry to know God, but he needed to grasp a new aspect of God’s desire for people. It was an area he never realized God was interested in to this degree. God wants to be our source of supply on every level.