“We must confess that the central problem of our lives is that we are torn apart by the conflict between our attraction to the good news of God’s abundance and the power of our belief in scarcity — a belief that makes us greedy, mean and unneighborly. We spend our lives trying to sort out that ambiguity.” —Walter Brueggemann
Walter calls the belief in scarcity a myth, the type of myth that is simply not true.
Do we believe that?
On Sunday, we talked about a posture of abundance versus a posture of scarcity. It’s obvious, a posture of abundance is more desirable and more beneficial to the world we live in.
But to live into a posture of abundance and not look back, we need to truly believe that scarcity is a myth.
I’ll be honest, when I hear stories like George Mueller’s, there’s an ounce of skepticism within me.
From a story by Christianity.com:
“The children are dressed and ready for school. But there is no food for them to eat,” the housemother of the orphanage informed George Mueller. George asked her to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables. He thanked God for the food and waited. George knew God would provide food for the children as he always did. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. “Mr. Mueller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.”
“Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.”
This was George’s M.O. He had experienced enough of God’s abundance that he believed that scarcity was a myth and he never looked back.
“The gospel story of abundance asserts that we originated in the magnificent, inexplicable love of a God who loved the world into generous being. The baptismal service declares that each of us has been miraculously loved into existence by God. And the story of abundance says that our lives will end in God, and that this well-being cannot be taken from us.”
There is a rootedness that comes through faith in God’s story. From beginning to end, God’s story is a story of abundance. I have to believe that when we wrap our stories up in God’s story, our stories become stories of abundance.
May it be so.
Peace to you,