SOVEREIGN BUT ABOUNDING
Matt. 14:19-20 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
What a turn of events! One moment the people are fainting, their resources are depleted, there seems to be no solution for the dilemma. The next moment, everyone is fed and relaxing in the afterglow of a series of miracles. That’s how it seems to be with the Lord. It’s as if He is actually looking for circumstances to align so He can display the glory of His grace. Think about it, the man born blind, the demoniac of Gadara, the widow of Nain’s boy. Who could forget the greatest miracle of them all, Lazarus being raised from the dead! He is always searching for the opportunity to display His goodness. Charles Spurgeon said that His grace was sovereign yet abounding. Check out Spurgeon’s thoughts on this passage.
“Had not the multitude been fed, our Lord would have missed a grand occasion for the display of His grace. Grace is sovereign, but it is abounding: wherever it finds meet occasion it displays its power. A hungering, fainting crowd! What space for compassion! What vantage-ground for benevolence! It could not be that the Lord of love would let such an opportunity slip by: His love was too eager to display itself than to lie quiet at such an hour. But, brethren, what an occasion for revealing the splendor of divine grace does the present age present! London is a brave canvas on which to paint a master picture of mercy, of power, of wisdom. What a block of marble the great world presents for the Infinite Sculptor. I am persuaded that the Lord has permitted the present sorrow that He may produce from it a greater glory.”
If that is true then all of our greatest problems are really just opportunities. They are opportunities for God to be glorified as He displays His power in our lives. What kind of opportunities does your life present to the Lord today? Maybe your problems are actually just your future testimonies as the Lord unveils His love in your life. Are you facing financial crisis, the Lord is well able to supply above and beyond what you can ask or think? Have you gotten a bad report from your doctor, don’t be surprised as He reveals His love in your life through a display of His power to heal. Maybe you are worried about your family. He has not forgotten or forsaken you. It may seem like He has forgotten. Impossible! He never forgets. He seems to wait for the optimum moment to respond, when He does, it will be greater than you hoped. I have to agree with Brother Spurgeon, Grace is sovereign but it is definitely abounding.