Bible Study & Devotional (Day 159)
🔴 Expect the Abundance
Contributing Writer: Stephanie Bright
Have you ever asked something from the Lord, but you expected the bare minimum? Or maybe you expected “just enough”? How many times do we do that?
We pray to the God who spoke the world into existence, and yet we ask him for gifts with boundaries and bare minimums. Today, I want to challenge you to expect abundance.
Here in 1 Kings 3:3-4:34, we read of the account of Solomon and the wisdom imparted to him by the Lord. In 1 Kings 3:5, we see where God asks Solomon what he would like to be given to him. He asks for wisdom out of all the things that he could ask for (1 Kings 3:9). In verse 13, God already blessed him with more than he asked.
1 Kings 3:13
“I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor,
so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.”
God was so pleased with his request that he went above and beyond what was requested. In the same passage, we see this happen again if you read down to 1 Kings 4:29-31:
29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.
God showed up and showed out in Solomon’s life. He honored him- his heart- and life. And guess what? We serve an unchanging, faithful God. He is the same God that will show up in your life. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore.
If you flip over to the New Testament, I’d like for you to take a look at a verse of scripture that speaks to God STILL being the God of abundance:
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all
that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
Our God delights in the abundance. He is a God of exceeding. So when you pray, pray BIG. Believe BIG. Stand in agreement for BIG. He wants to do so much in and through you and wants to bless you in absolute abundance. You can trust Him today to do MORE in your life. Soon, others will see what God has done and know that it was only Him that did that for you. Expect the abundance.
This devotional was submitted by Stephanie Bright, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Connect with Stephanie Bright at www.christiangirlspop.com
Stephanie is an on-fire woman of God living in Houston, Texas. As a woman of God, Stephanie commits to the purpose of serving others while building confidence in God through obedience and fervently prays for intimate relationships with God for every Christian girl. Stephanie is inspired to bring CGPOP to college campuses worldwide and is experienced in several areas to guide young women into a meaningful relationship with Christ.