God Is El Shaddai—More Than Enough!
Do you ever feel bad about asking God for something that isn’t a necessity?
So many Christians misrepresent God as a god who is on a tight budget and who disapproves of us asking for anything more than just the necessities. But…
The first miracle Jesus did totally blows that representation of God right out of the water!
In John 2, there was a wedding in Cana at which both Jesus and His mother, Mary, were in attendance. When they ran out of wine, Mary went to Jesus and told Him.
“And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.” —John 2:6
Scholars suggest that a firkin was equal to about nine gallons. This would mean that six of these water pots would hold 162 gallons of wine. That's a lot of wine! And wine isn’t even a necessity.
In a similar instance when Jesus was asked to provide food for the multitude, He once again supplied more than the need (Mt. 14:15-21; Mk. 6:33-44; Lk. 9:11-17). There were baskets upon baskets left over!
These examples show the Lord's willingness to meet our needs with plenty to spare. God is the God of more than enough. In fact, one of His names is El Shaddai, which literally means more than enough.
Jesus asked the Samaritan woman at the well for a drink of water (John 4:5-14), but it wasn't water He was interested in. He didn’t really want anything from her. Instead, He wanted to give something to her—eternal life.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.’” —John 4:10
Just as Jesus turned the Samaritan woman's attention toward what He had to offer her, we need to focus our attention on what the Lord has given us in Christ.
God is the greatest giver there ever was. He loves and lives to give. When He asks something of us we can be assured that it is only so He can multiply it and give it back to us. And don't limit God to just barely meeting your needs. Think of the above examples, and see yourself with an abundance.
See yourself with more than enough so you can bless the socks off of someone else!
God is El Shaddai, not el cheapo!