We are just one week away from the Faith Rx’d camp in Tampa. As the staff is making final preparations for that camp we are spending time reviewing and meditating on the sections of Scripture that we will be teaching during that time. We open the weekend with a talk on the strength of the Gospel from Ephesians chapter 2. As I’ve spent more and more time in the last couple weeks in this section of Scripture, the Lord has really impressed on my heart that he doesn’t ever do things halfway or just enough. He always exceeds what we need and exceeds our expectations.
There’s some great examples in the Bible of this being true. For instance in the wedding at Cana in John chapter 2, Jesus doesn’t just provide enough wine for the wedding he provides 180 gallons worth of wine. What’s more? It’s not cheap wine it’s the good stuff as evidence that when Christ supplies our needs he always does it better. Four chapters later we see more of the same. Jesus has available to him five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand people. He multiplies the fish and the bread not to meet the need but in such great quantity that there are twelve baskets of leftovers. Jesus doesn’t just do enough. He does more than we could ever need or ever use.
In Ephesians 2:4 we read that Jesus provides mercy and grace to us despite our sin. What’s more it says that Jesus is “rich” in mercy and grace. In Ephesians 1:8 it says that Christ lavished this grace upon us. Both of these words imply that Christ is so full of grace that even in our most desperate need He gives more than we could ever need or use. Jesus doesn’t do things just enough. He’s always goes above and beyond our greatest need.
With this truth in mind I wonder why we don’t often ask? Furthermore, I wonder why we don’t often trust that the things he’s provided for us are more than enough? With God’s track record always being to provide exactly what we need in abundance at exactly the right time why is it we question His faithfulness? When we get injured why do we question his faithfulness? When we don’t win or do as well in competition like we planned who are we to question the result? Is not his provision and his timing perfect? This week I found myself remembering to trust that his ways and his thoughts and his provision are far greater than anything I could ever dream up. My limited scope will never out-reach what Jesus has provided. As we approach camp next week I pray for those of you attending camp that this would be your mindset as you walk in trusting that he is a good God willing and able to provide all we need.