What if Your Biggest Hindrance to Abundance Was God?

by Andy Wood on January 28, 2009

in Five LV Laws, Principle of Abundance

loving-fatherGod wants us to get it.  We typically don’t.

We want to have it.  We often won’t.

God says, if you don’t get it, you won’t have it.  And you can’t have it just by going out and getting it.  You have to… well, get it, first.

Get it?

I think I’ll start over.

Jesus told a variety of stories that present God as a wealthy landowner with servants.  These include the laborers in the vineyard, the wheat and the tares, the talents, the landowner, and the vine-growers. The common theme that runs through each story is that humans fail to understand the heart of the One who owns it all.  To God, the relationship always is more important than the “stuff.”

Get it?

The laborers in the vineyard didn’t.  Our friend the hoarder didn’t.  The vine-growers sure didn’t get it.  And while we’re keeping score, neither did the Prodigal Son or his pouting older sibling.

They all missed it.

Somehow they all got it in their head that God was holding back, unfair, mean, scary, selfish, whatever.  They became so hung up in the grapes and the goats, they missed it.

And lost it.

Because they didn’t get it.


A pure, loving, abundantly generous Owner-of-it-all, rejected and misunderstood by the very people He is reaching out to with such love and generosity.  And why?  Because we wanted to have it without having Him.

We even killed his Son.

Anything to keep from actually doing what He said to do.

Anything to hang on to the illusion that all that stuff is actually ours.

Anything to substitute doing or owning or controlling or feeling or rationalizing or experiencing or consuming for knowing – intimately knowing – the full heart of an abundant God.

Here’s the mystery of the Law of Abundance:  It’s all tied up in receiving and knowing and trusting and pursuing and listening to and loving the kind intentions of a generous God.

Get it?  If what you call abundance is only about you possessing something, your biggest obstacle may actually be God.

Here’s another way of expressing it – “The Watchmaker’s Son,” from Whitestone Motion Pictures.

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will hapeman January 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I am old enough to remember when “Christ was my portion.” was preached. What more could you want?

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will hapeman January 31, 2009 at 8:26 pm

thanks for the vid clip. Remember when they preached “Jesus is my Portion”?

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Andy Wood January 31, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Yep. HE is the abundance; everything else is just experiences and feelings and stuff.

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