God Abounds Toward Us That We May Abound To Others
By F. B. Meyer
Abundance is characteristic of God. Go forth on a spring morning, and look on the flowers with which He has carpeted the woodlands. Daisies and buttercups, primroses and cowslips in myriads bear witness to the prodigality of His thought and power--His thought to fashion, His power to produce. But this profuse carpeting of the earth’s nakedness is equaled in the heavens! There, depth opens beyond depth, lighted and inlaid with constellations, and the wonders of the sky answer to those of the earth. How multitudinous is God’s creation!
But what shall we say of His grace? His joy is unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8), His peace passeth understanding (Philippians 4:7), His love is beyond knowledge! (Eph. 3:19). Get great thoughts of God who holds the ocean depths as a drop in the hollow of His hand, and weighs the mountains as grains of dust in His scales. When you have considered the gifts of His hand, ascend to the wealth of His heart.
Study the infinite map of God’s nature. Compare it with the need of your little life, and then remember that the Father loves you infinitely, so much that for your salvation and mine He gave His only begotten Son. He has set you on high because you have known His name. All the resources of eternity and infinity are at His disposal, and He can make all grace abound toward you, that always, having all sufficiency in all things, you may abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
It is a very wonderful text! Count the number of universals in it. All grace--always! All sufficiency! All things! God abounding to us that we may abound. The word translated "abound" might be rendered literally "to flow or pour over." "My cup runneth over." Our Lord said: "I am come that they might have life, and have it overflowingly" (John 10:10). "Where sin overflows, grace much more overflows" (Romans 5:20).
Let us remember that God does not pour in unless we pour out. If we are filled with the presence and grace of Christ in our hearts, we must give ourselves out to others.