The other day I was looking at some Bible verses that were referring to promises from God. They described that God is faithful and if we ask anything of Him that is in accordance with His character and will, we can expect that He will lovingly answer that prayer as He deems best.
Later that day, I went out for a walk and was memorizing a passage in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy that says that God presents testing opportunities in our life to show us that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord
(deut. 8:3-nasb). God’s truth says we live by everything that comes from His mouth. What comes out of His mouth? His Word.
God tells me (and you) that we “live” by His Word. So, what does this “live” word mean that He is talking about because there can be several uses of the word “live”?
Have you ever heard a story of someone lost in the dessert, or an ocean, or on some mountain? These tend to be gripping stories of a person who is fighting for their life. They want to live. That is one use of this word.
Have you ever heard of someone coming back from a mission trip to a third world country? Often we will hear stories of how these people are literally eating dirt, and dying from treatable diseases (if only they could get the medicine to treat their disease),or of people dying for lack of water. Some of these people die, while others live. For those that live, their standard of living is a problem. Besides the dietary and medical concerns they live with, they also struggle with the issues of protection, and comfort. Their daily existence is a struggle.
However, beyond “life” being a word to describe either being alive (as opposed to being dead) and “life” being a reference to a “standard” of life, there is another type of “life” out there- it has to do with a “QUALITY OF LIFE”. It has nothing to do with a person’s “standard of life”. It does not depend on how much money you have or don’t have. This kind of “quality of life” is eternal in nature. It is what is referenced when Jesus says, in John 10:10b, “…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (esv).
It is this third kind of usage of the word, “life” that relatively few experience on a daily basis because it has to do with ongoing fellowship with God. John 17:3 says “and this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (esv).
This kind of abundant life is received from Him as we maintain a trusting, resting, submitting, and obedient attitude.
Despite your circumstances in life, whether you are materially prosperous or not, let me encourage you to pursue as I am this “abundant life” that Jesus offers.
Let me encourage you to believe that His ways really are best and that they are key to experiencing “abundant life”.