Has a certain word ever just “jumped out” at you while you are reading?
For the next couple of weeks after that, does it seem as if you come across that particular word time and again? This has happened to me recently and the word that keeps jumping out at me, especially when I am reading the Bible, is “abounding”.
“Abounding.” It isn’t that I haven’t heard that word before.
No, it is just that it has occurred so many times lately, or perhaps I have just focused in on it. To me, it is a curious word, and yet, a fun word. At first, when I pictured myself abounding, I saw myself jumping gleefully on a trampoline. Yes, me on a trampoline! Oops–time for a reality check! My imagination had gone into the realm of the ridiculous by confusing “abounding” with “bounding”. There is a vast difference in the definitions of those two words.
“Bounding” means to leap or jump.
“Abounding” means to exist in great quantities; to be rich or well supplied; to be filled.
Several Bible verses speak of the Lord abounding in or being abundant in mercy (Numbers 14:18), in kindness (Nehemiah 9:17), and in justice (Job 37:23). Knowing that our Lord is abounding in these characteristics gives me a sense of peace, encouragement and comfort. That doesn’t mean that God will always answer my prayers in the way that I would like for Him to answer them, but it does mean that I can trust Him to be loving, kind, merciful and just when I bring my petitions to Him in prayer. He always has my best interests at heart.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The Bible encourages me to not only abound in those Godly characteristics mentioned above but also to abound in thanksgiving.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught,
abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
Mercy, kindness, thankfulness, among others, are Godly characteristics that I aspire to achieve in my daily walk as a Christian. These are the qualities that I want to shine through me so that I can point others to Christ!