God of the “More Than” “超越”的上帝

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think… to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus … Amen
(Ephesians 3:20)

What is God like? As a young believer, I was taught He would provide for all our needs but not our wants. Yet there is clear evidence in the Bible that God supplies more than all we need. Here are a few verses that suggest that. For example, the “shepherd psalm” begins with “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). Another psalm says, “Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” (Psalm 34:9–10). So, clearly, it’s not just our need He supplies.

But when Paul was writing from prison to the Philippian believers, he said: “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). So, is God a supplier of our needs or our wants? It depends from which angle you see it. From the angle of lack, God will always supply (2 Cor 9:8, Psalm 107:9) beyond our needs to even our wants! He overwhelms us with more than enough!

One of the names of God is Jehovah Jireh, which means “the all-providing One.” As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, He said to Peter, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets [plural] for a catch” (Luke 5:4).” And what a catch it turned out to be: a boat-sinking, net-breaking one! There was more than enough to feed Peter’s family for months! When Jesus fed the 5000, there were twelve basketfuls of leftovers at the end! He is the God of the more than enough! But while God supplies even our wants arising from lack, He does not pamper to greed arising from avarice. Gehazi’s story proves that (2 Kings 5:20-27). So be done with a poverty mindset! God’s a giver. He oversupplies to the extent of even meeting our wants. The God of the more than!


上帝是一位怎么样的上帝呢?当我初信主时,我被教导祂是会供应我们一切所需的,但不是我们欲想要的。但是,圣经很清楚的记载,上帝的供应往往是超过我们所需的。这里有几处经文是如此记载的,例如:“牧羊人之诗”开始于“耶和华是我的牧者,我必不致缺乏”(诗篇23:1)。另一则诗篇则说,“耶和华的圣民哪,你们当敬畏祂,因敬畏祂的一无所缺… 但寻求耶和华的什么好处都不缺”(诗篇34:9-10)。所以,无可置疑的,上帝的供应不仅止于我们所需的。



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