The “richness” of God

God is rich. The place where he is described rich is Ephesians 2:4. The only description of God as “rich” is here.

But God, being rich in mercy…

“The only thing he is called rich in is: mercy. What does this mean? It means that God is something other than what we naturally believe him to be. It means the Christian life is a lifelong shedding of tepid thoughts of the goodness of God. In his justice, God is exacting; in his mercy, God is overflowing. ‘He is rich unto all; that is, he is infinite, overflowing in goodness, he is good to profuseness, he is good to the pouring out of riches, he is good to an abundance.’ (Thomas Goodwin) Just as the Old Testament doubles up the verb ‘to have mercy’ in Jeremiah 31:20, the New Testament called God ‘rich in mercy.'” — Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly

The way we fail as humans is immense. His mercy is beyond that. The way we humans fumble around and goof things up seems limitless at times. His mercy is a wider river still.

The richness of his mercy doesn’t wait for us to meet him “halfway.” He pours out mercy on us. And when we need it again (and we will), he pours out MORE.

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the 99
And I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it, still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

This is the rich God who comes after me.

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