Do you love to see a play or a movie after you’ve read the book? I do. It’s like comparing notes with another reader. Sometimes I feel like the production team has unearthed the characters according to my notes and it makes me feel a bit giddy. Of course, I might be a bit annoyed if they have not fully understood the complexity of the characters as I did. This week I got another kind of giddy reaction. I ran across a quote that made me feel that finally, someone has worded the generosity of God according to my notes of God.
Nancy Spielberg has said ‘Lord I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup, uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket.’ Yes! Yes! Yes! The better we know God, the bigger bucket we dare to take to him. Because our God is an awesome God. The generosity of God is limitless. Also towards us.
Generous to a fault,
you lavish your favor on all creatures.
(Psalm 145:16, MSG)
The Generosity of God
Sometimes we think we don’t dare to ask much from God. We think we are noble to leave more grace to others. But that is not how grace works. There’s always enough for everyone. We can’t use it up. So we should not limit the generosity of God but receive all he has for us.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16, ESV)
If we go to God with an empty cup, we’ll receive enough grace to get by. But that’s not all God has reserved for us. God wants us not just survive but thrive. We are to receive grace upon grace, so much grace that it will overflow to others. And that’s what God wants. God wants you to live in abundance of grace so that you have plenty to share with others too. Because grace is meant to be shared. Also, only when we are filled with grace, we are able to love others and pass on grace.
How about going to the Lord every morning with a big bucket and letting him fill it according to his plan for us. Only then we can experience the generosity of God and get to know him more intimately. And only then we flourish and are able to pass on grace to others. Let’s not stay away or come to him with a small cup. Instead, let’s take the biggest bucket we can find and run to him. There is nothing better than God’s presence and grace in abundance. So, my friend, let’s run to him!
We come to you with big buckets.
Pour out grace upon grace
and anything else you want to give us.
We surrender to you, Lord,
we want to get to know your heart.
Thank you for wanting to give us more than
we deserve or dare to dream.
We praise you, we thank you, we adore you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How does the quote make you feel? Ready to take a big bucket to God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you experience the generosity of God!