While I was out yesterday, two phrases came to mind. The first was:
“No good thing will he withhold.”
And the second was:
“He will freely give us all things.”
These phrases come from Psalm 84 and Romans 8 respectively.
Psalm 84:11-12 ESV
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Romans 8:31-32 ESV
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
These are incredible promises, not only to come but for today. The bread of heaven is given for all my needs and for the needs of others, today. And Jesus doesn’t give half measures of himself, he gives all of himself to you and to me.
This is what is shown in the feeding of the five thousand. The bread is broken and shared along with the fish, and twelve baskets are taken up as leftovers. Logic and maths say that’s not possible. But those rules don’t apply to the dimension of Spirit. Some may ask the question; what significance is there in twelve baskets of leftovers being taken up? Perhaps the answer is simply that one basket was as much as each of the disciples could carry! I’m convinced that if Jesus had wanted to, he could have left 15 or 20 or more baskets. But twelve was enough to make a point.
And so, Jesus, the bread of heaven, was broken and is now given to us. And surely he must give all of himself to each of us? Maths would say that’s impossible, but he already discounted the rules in the physical dimension, how much more in the dimension of Spirit? Jesus has given all of himself to you and to me.
How else is it that “No good thing will he withhold”, or that he will “graciously give us all things”? All things is all things. Jesus doesn’t give half measures. He is not apportioned out to each one of us on a conditional basis. He gives all to you, and he gives all to me, if we simply take him at his word and trust him.
We sing songs asking for more of God, and we pray and fast and ask for more of him. If “His divine power has granted to us ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness”, then perhaps we should stop asking for more and focus on being conscious of him and his presence. Perhaps we should believe the promises that he has already freely given us all things, and that he withholds no good thing from us, and that he gives all of himself. The only barrier to receiving all of Jesus is not a deliberate, slow drip feed from Jesus, or some blockage at his end of the spring. It’s us, our ego, and our unconsciousness to the dimension of Spirit.
Let us take Jesus at his word, eat each day of the bread of heaven for all of our needs, and trust that he has already given all of himself to you and to me.
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