Extravagant GenerosityGod is generous. God is loving. God is caring. God is creator, sustainer, and redeemer of all things. God desires to bless us, beyond our imaginations. God wants us to be filled with all of our needs.

We find this throughout scripture. God loves and cares for the Israelites so much so, that God gives Moses the wisdom and courage to declare to Pharaoh, that he should let God’s people go free. Then, to encourage Pharaoh’s decision, he performs all kinds of signs and wonders. While they are wandering in the desert, God provides not only guidance, but also water from a rock and food in the form of Manna that appeared every morning. All the people’s needs were taken care of.

Throughout the Old Testament, there are names for God, each with a different meaning or attribute of God. Jehovah Shammah is ‘the Lord is there.’ Jehovah Shalom is ‘the Lord is peace.’ Jehovah Rapha is ‘the Lord that heals.’ But the one I want to focus on today is Jehovah Jireh, ‘the Lord will provide.’

Jehovah Jireh, the Lord provided for all of those I just mentioned, and even for so many more. Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Solomon, Jeremiah, even Adam and Eve were provided for. But we can even see that blind Bartimaeus, the woman at the well, Jairus’ daughter, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were also provided what they needed.

God provides. Where has God provided for you? Where has God shown you how much he cares by supplying you with just what you needed at a certain time. Strength, courage, wisdom, finances, comfort or peace? When was it?

We can probably see in each of those instances, that God not only provides, but God is generous in his provisions. Sometimes it seems as if it just what we need, while other times it is extravagant, over the top. God is generous, God is Jehovah Jireh!

We even see this in the parable of the talents. The main focus of this parable is certainly the actions of the three servants in how they either invested, risked, or buried the money that was given to them. What I find interesting is what was given to each of the servants. They are given differing amounts by the master. One was given 5 talents, another was 2 talents, and finally 1 talent. So, what is a talent? Obviously, they are not talking about abilities or gifts, talents like music, leadership, sports, or hospitality. The talents they are talking about is in reference to money.

As I researched this, I found that a talent was actually a weight. They used this to weigh coins, gold, silver, and many other things. In that day, a talent would be equivalent to about 6000 days wages for the common day laborer. So, if we look at the weight and the amount of money a talent would be represented in today’s currency, it could be as much as one million dollars per talent. This is huge!

That means the story begins to take on some deeper meaning than a master giving a few servants a couple hundred dollars to keep track of while he was gone. This means the master is incredibly generous. 5 million dollars, 2 million dollars, and even the last worker got 1 million dollars. Can you imagine that?

We are led to believe that God is the master in this story, and the gifts he gives us are generous. They are more than generous. They’re over the top. God blesses us because he is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. God doesn’t give half-heartily. God doesn’t give small portions. God wants to bless us with over the top generosity. Family that we love, jobs that are fulfilling, a community that cares for others, and church families that watch over one another in love.

If we need any example of the extravagant gifts that God want to bless us with, all we have to do is look to the cross where he spent the life of his only Son, Jesus Christ. God spared no expense to save us, to bring us back into a relationship with him. That is love, that is hope, that is grace, and it is offered for all of us.

God is extravagant in his giving to us. God is prodigal is sparing no expense to redeem us. God is generous in all things.

What is our response? What do we offer in return?