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World Shortages

This is a topic of great concern today, and leaders of nations predict that things might get worse before they get better. Much needed chemicals, meat, fish, dairy products, some metals, and synthetics used for clothing and disposable utensils, are among the items mentioned. Shortages, of course, have been used by God throughout the centuries to teach nations the lesson of their utter dependence upon Him, and that "in Him we live, and move, and have our being;" (Acts 17:28). One poet has said,

"If God forgot the world, forgot just for one day;

Forgot to send the sunshine, to turn night into day.

Forgot to send the flowers that grow, forgot to quicken seed;

Forgot to send the rain drops, forgot the things we need.

If God forgot the world, forgot just for one day,

Would we still be as content, and just as gay?"

In contrast to material shortages, however, it is good for us as Christians to muse upon the free use that God makes of the word 'abundance' in the Scriptures. We can be calm and comforted by the abundance of His peace (Psa. 72:7). We can rejoice daily in His abundant pardon (Isa. 55:7). Paul encourages us to enjoy the abundance of His grace (Rom. 5:17), and the abundance of His love (Eph. 2:4). And it is left to Peter to remind us of the Lord's abundant mercy (1 Pet.1:3).

There are no limits with our God towards His people. The One who opened the doors of heaven to allow the manna to rain down upon Israel (Psa. 78:23,24), can also open the windows of heaven and pour upon His people today a blessing that will overflow all bounds because of its abundance (Mal. 3:10). All He asks us to do is to prove Him, and agree to His conditions (v.10). Whenever shortages are mentioned, therefore, let us automatically think of God's abundances.