Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Table of Abundantly Available Help

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46:1)
Concerning “a very present help,” the margin of my study Bible notes that it means “an abundantly available help.” In other words, God is always there for us with more than enough help to take care of any and every situation fully and completely. He is our refuge, our strength, and our help in all things.

Today I took the Table of the Lord using this Scripture, because Jesus is not only my refuge and strength, He is my abundantly available help — my provision — in all things. In Him I have more than enough to meet every challenge.
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 delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
We are more than conquerors in Jesus Christ. Everything about Him means abundance for us, for He came not only that we might have life, but that we might have it “more abundantly” (John 10:10). In Him the love of God is “shed abroad” (literally, “gushing out”) in our hearts, by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:11). In Him we receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). This grace is more than enough so that we might not only be blessed ourselves but also become a blessing to others.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
All this we have in Jesus Christ, who poured out the love of God for us by His own body and blood on the Cross.

The Table of the Lord speaks to us of the abundantly available help we have in Jesus Christ.