The Futility of Excess

Quiet as of late, I have spent much of my time assessing life in general. I have looked at those things and those people around me, observing how they function. I have noticed the flow of movement, the temporal performance and the rhythm of breath in all, and I have wondered what deeper lesson I was to learn. Many blessed revelations have come before me, which I will share over the coming weeks. One such revelation deals with the futility of excess.

The futility of excess is all about the uselessness of having more than you need. It is about securing and acquiring more than is necessary. On a more serious and in-depth spiritual note, I dare say it is about a lack of trust in the God of heaven who will and does provide. I am reminded of many Biblical references related to this message, but none more distinct than that found in Exodus 16.

In Exodus 16, the Bible reports that the children of Israel, having left the captivity of Egypt behind, carried with them a spirit of disenchantment. They grumbled and complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. (Ultimately, their complaining was about a dissatisfaction with God and with the way He chose to provide.) Scripture makes clear that during this period, Israel craved the physical substance of what they had left behind in the place of their bondage. In the simplest terms, they wanted food. Of course, the Omnipotent One heard Israel. He responded by letting Moses know that He would provide for His people daily. In providing for them, however, He requested that they get only what they needed for the day – their specified allotment or portion. It was a test. A test regarding obedience. A test regarding trust. A test regarding faith. A test regarding love. If they took more than was needed, the result was unfavorable. Excess “bred worms and [it] became foul.”

Although I could say much about Israel’s desire for excess, at this time, I will only say that there is a cost to wanting more. There is a cost to trying to manipulate and take advantage of God’s goodness. Excess is not abundance.

Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: Read Exodus 16 daily for 1 week. Write down every spiritual lesson that you uncover related to the futility of excess. When reading and making notes, try to view the chapter from every angle.

Some of the questions I have asked myself as a result of my general life assessment and Exodus 16 study:

– Is there any point in having more than you need?

– What is the use of hoarding if it keeps someone else from acquiring what they need to live?

– Why is it that man is so driven to get and take, even at the cost of his own spiritual health?

– Is there a cost associated with living with the obsessive belief, “You have to have more, more, more?”

– Is there a spiritual benefit to gathering and not giving or sharing?

– What does it say about our faith if we trust more in ourselves and what we can do/get rather than in God’s provision?

– What was the nature of life for the Christians of the first century regarding provision and need?

A Message from My Heart: Please try not to get “caught up” in the wording of this message. Pray for spiritual understanding on excess and wanting more. Also, seek discernment in the Spirit on recognizing any carnal versus spiritual response within yourself. God bless you in Christ.

His Word. Life Relevance. Holy Direction.

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