Friday, April 4, 2014

Glorious Riches

Most believers have passages of scripture they lean on in tough times.  Perhaps you even have a favorite verse that you claim as your "life verse" because of its impact or the comfort and assurance it brings you.  For me one such verse is Philippians 4:19, "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus" (NLT).  What are these glorious riches?

Often we think of these glorious riches as God's provision of material resources, particularly when we have a need we cannot meet ourselves.  But God recently showed me that his glorious riches go far beyond the resources of money, time, or material things we need for daily living.  When we pray for grace and peace, a soft word in answer to someone's anger, or the strength to endure the demands of our busy lives, we are in fact praying for God's glorious riches.

The apostle Paul understood this well.  His words from Ephesians 3 are my prayer for you today:  "16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (NIV).

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