Summary: A sermon examining the many blessing provided to those who are children of God.
More Than We Could've Asked For
Growing up our family was not rich... in fact we were far from it. But I was never without any of the necessities. Christmas was always an especially exciting time for us. It was a struggle for me to go to sleep on Christmas eve and I usually woke up around 4 o'clock in the morning anticipating those gifts that were under the tree. There was never a time when I asked for something (within reason) for Christmas and did not get it. In fact, every year I would receive what I requested and much, much more. That still rings true. This year all I asked for was a heater for my workshop and a pair of blue jeans. But I was blessed beyond measure by friends, family and my faith family.
Have you ever noticed that our Heavenly Father is extravagant in His grace? He always seems to give us more than we could have ever asked for!
One of the greatest illustrations of grace in the Bible is found in II Samuel 9. In that portion of scripture David has ascended the throne in Israel. He sets out to find a member of the house of Saul to show him kindness for his dear friend Jonathan's sake. As it turned out Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was lame... he could not walk. David sent for him and had him brought back to the Kings palace. It was the custom for Kings in those days to kill anyone who was blood kin of their predecessor. The reason for this was to prevent any type of uprising or rebellion. It is likely that Mephibosheth was very fearful when he approached the King. We are told that when he went before him "he fell on his face, and did reverence". Mephibosheth was expecting judgment, but he received grace and mercy. David restored his family's land, he commanded servants to work the fields and bring in the harvest, then he invited Mephibosheth to come and live in the King's palace. David proclaimed that he would be cared for and would eat from the Kings table just as David's own sons did. In essence, Mephibosheth was adopted into the Kings family. He truly received more than he could have asked for.
This story is one of my favorites because it paints such a clear picture of what God has done for us. He has shown us mercy. He has provided us with grace. He has secured our salvation. He has lavished us with His unconditional love. He has adopted us into His family. He is our Abba Father. He has provided us with a home where we can dwell with Him forever. We could never have asked for any of these things. There is no way that we would ever be able to deserve the blessings God has bestowed upon us.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 103:10 (that God) “has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities”.
The only thing that we deserve is hell. Apart from grace... Heaven would be an absolute impossibility. If God had stopped at redemption, that in itself would be more than we deserve. The fact that He cared enough for us to send His only begotten Son to be the sacrifice for our sins speaks of His great love for us. David said it best in - Psalms 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
God has truly given us more than we could ask for. I would like to walk through these few verses here in I Peter 1 and consider that very thought... "More Than We Could've Asked For". We will see that 1) When it comes to God's Provisions we have received more than we could have asked for. 2) When it comes to God's Promises we have received more than we could have asked for. 3) When it comes to God's Protection we have received more than we could have asked for. Let's begin in verse 3 and consider:
I. The Provisions We Have Received - Verse 3 says that the Lord "hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness".
As Christians we have received countless blessings. Often we fail to realize just how blessed we are. But if we will spend time in God's Word we will be constantly reminded of our great provisions. Let's consider for a moment:
A. The Source Of Our Provisions - v3a According as his divine power
God is the source of every blessing that we receive. There are many things that I would love to give my children but I just can't afford it. But there is not one thing that my children (or wife) need that they do not have. On the other hand, there are some things that I could easily get my children but I don't because I know that it is better that they don't have these things.