You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance.
One of the major reasons we fail to be generous and give what we have to God and other people, is because we think we are losing, that we are being diminished by what we are parting with and that there’s not enough of whatever it is, whether it’s money, or goods or time for us. However, God’s paths ‘drip with abundance’. Walking with God has never meant that this would demand that I am poor and living in lack. Getting right with God is not, accept that I will now live in poverty. It may mean I need to give what I have, but that will be replaced by an abundance. Walking in the paths of God will have a cost attached, but this doesn’t mean I will be worse off than before. Abundance thinking is able to give generously to God, because we know that there’s always more than enough, somewhere, somehow, God is able and will bring His abundance into my world when I have walked in His path of generosity.
This is so important for leaders so they do not withhold resources and people that God has given them. What we have been given is to bless others with, to give away and to steward for God’s purposes, not ours.
Abundance has always been a sign of the blessing of God. He is abundant towards His people. You may have heard it said that, “God will supply only your need.” That is not true. He will supply more than your need. Your cup will overflow so that you have abundance for every good work. You are able to look after your own life and those around you. God’s blessings come in an abundance that supplies more than “enough.” When Jesus supplied food for the multitude there were basketfuls left over. Far more than just enough!
Many authors of Scripture were extraordinarily wealthy people enjoying enormous abundance in their lives, like David, Solomon, Job, Moses. One of the best ways to become skillful at anything is to spend time with people who have been successful in that area. We can spend time with some of the most powerful, blessed, favored, successful people in history simply by reading what they wrote in the Scriptures.