Psalm 23: 1-6 NIV
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Living within our means in our physical life requires planning the income that we receive so that we can live the lifestyle we desire. A great deal of preparation and study goes into living a life that is not too stressed out because we haven’t planned to live by some form of a budget.
The same is true in living an abundant and prosperous spiritual life that God planned for us, and that Jesus paid for with his own death and resurrection. In John 10:10 NIV, Jesus himself said that He came that we would have life and have it more abundantly.
In every aspect of our life, God wants more for us than just scraping by. As a parent, you probably live with the hope that your child will do better and have more than you had. Any good parent wants to see their children enjoy a life blessed with good things. That is God’s heart for His children as well.
However, an abundant and prosperous life doesn’t just happen by chance or hoping that it will happen. Just like in our finances, we must plan for abundance. In Psalms 23:1 NIV, we see that making Jesus priority in our life is the beginning. Jesus first and then, “I lack nothing”. Wow! Don’t you love the way that sounds? It sounds like when you make the choice to follow Jesus you will want for nothing; new cars, dream houses, lots of extra cash in the bank and the perfect spouse. While all that sounds good, and God is certainly not against us having those things, there is so much more to the abundant life than just the things we accumulate, as we will see in the rest of this passage.
The next verse continues to instruct us that Jesus will make us, “lie down in green pastures and lead us beside quiet waters, refreshing our souls.” Sometimes the value of God’s peace during a life storm is worth more than any physical possession.
Verses 3 and 4 promise His abundant life includes guidance, freedom from fear and comfort as we walk through the darkest seasons. How valuable are these promises from our faithful Father? It encourages us to read in verse 5, that when we follow Him, he quiets our enemies and overflows us with His prosperity.
And finally, when we keep the Lord as our Shepherd, the one calling the shots, goodness, love and His presences follow us forever. And that, certainly, is living beyond our own means!
Thought for the day: God never intended for us to live on the best that we could do. He wants to give us more than we could ever dream. Enjoy the overflow that comes from your relationship with Jesus. Meditate on scriptures that promise prosperity and abundance and expect better than you deserve.