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!

神能照着运行在我们心里的大力,充充足足地成就一切,超过我们所求所想的。
(以弗所书3:20)

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。

但是,当保罗在监狱写信给腓立比的信徒时,他说:“我的神必照祂荣耀的丰富,在基督耶稣里,使你们所需用的都充足”(腓利比书4:19)。那到底上帝是供应我们的需要还是我们欲想要的呢?这就在于你从哪一个角度去看待此事。从缺乏的角度来看,上帝必定会供应(歌林多后书9:8;诗篇107:9)并且是超越我们所需的,甚至是我们所想的!祂绰绰有余的供应充溢着我们!

上帝其中一个名字是耶和华以勒,意思是说“全能的供应者”。当耶稣在加利利海边行走时,祂向彼得说,“把船开到水深之处,下网打鱼”(路加福音5:4)而这一网捕获的鱼多得甚至船要沉下去,网也险些裂开!若使用他们所捕的鱼去喂养他们的家人亦绰绰有余。当耶稣喂饱5000人时,事后还剩下装满十二篮的食物!祂是一位绰绰有余的上帝。与此同时,虽然上帝所供应的不止是我们所需要的,甚至我们想要的,但祂并不会纵容我们有贪婪之心。基哈西的故事证明了这一点(列王纪下5:20-27)。所以,要结束这贫穷的思维观念!上帝是位供应者。祂的供应往往超过我们所需的,祂甚至会达到我们所想要的。祂是超越的上帝!

Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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