As I grew in my relationship with God, this idea of God being a God of an endless supply was not foreign to me. Why? Because of my thinking and my environment. For those of you that would say I shouldn’t compare my dad and God, I would say you are correct; however, that way of thinking did help me overcome a lot of spiritual thinking hurdles that I didn’t have to jump over in my walk with God. What really sealed the deal with the truth that God is truly a God of endless supply was the experiencing of His grace and mercy at my salvation and every day thereafter. My trust in God’s endless supply wasn’t the product of a certain way of thinking (even though that was the initial catalyst) but the outcome of His character and nature that I get to experience every day of my life. We, as followers of Jesus Christ, must change the way we perceive this life and align it with what God says about it. We must make ourselves vulnerable to the life changing power of the Holy Spirit to transform our minds by allowing Him to renew it daily.

 

We can’t live this life with an American mindset. Is the American mindset a bad thing? Not if it is secondary to how God wants our mindset to be. The American mindset and the American way of thinking is not the Gospel (the Good News). Yes, our country is the greatest country the world has ever known. It is the greatest economic power the world has ever experienced, but that doesn’t mean that we bow down to its general consensus and mindset. There is one thing the American way of thinking has benefited us and that is that we believe there is an endless supply of everything. Unfortunately, the media, advertising, and more have helped to breed this type of thinking along the lines of possession and materialism. But believing there is a country that has an endless supply comes from first believing that God is the God of endless supply but not in the indulgence of the flesh (i.e. money, possessions, ambition, fame, etc. way of thinking).

 

God doesn’t supply our every need just because we are asking for it. God supplies our every need because He is good. We must ask from a humble and unselfish heart. We are not simply wanting God to slake our selfish whims and wishes by granting us everything we ask for. We are asking our Father for something we “need” motivated by the transformation that He has performed on our hearts and minds. We now have a heart and a way of thinking that lines up with His heart and His way of thinking, so when we ask, we don’t ask from a “poverty mentality” or to “consume it on our own lust.” When we ask for those things that we “need”, it is now for His glory and His honor and not ours. Stuff is just stuff, and nobody takes it with them when they die. We all know that. Knowing, believing, and living as though God is a God of endless supply will change everything about you. It will also change the world around you. Because every one of us, whether we believe it or not, has influence and what we think, how we think, and believe will affect others. So, go ahead. Ask of God. He is the God of endless supply!

America, the land of plenty. That’s the philosophy that I grew up with, the idea that America was the land of plenty. If you wanted something, all you had to do was go out and get it, with the understanding that if you work hard enough, believe in yourself, and engage the human spirit, then you could get what you wanted and change the world in the process. That is a very humanistic way of thinking. I made the unconscious assumption that everyone in America and the world thought this way. However, after visiting many countries in Europe, Central and South America, and living a little longer, I came to the conclusion that not everyone lives this way, much less thinks that way.

 

Is that a wrong way of thinking? Is it a spoiled way of thinking? Have you ever thought about why you think the way you think? Most of us don’t. We just think and what we think about is really not thought about; we just think. But, think about it for a moment: your way of thinking has a lot to do with how you were raised, what you were taught by your parents, school, society, culture, whatever you consumed— be it books, TV, movies, social media, magazines (just like the one you are reading), conversations, your environment, and the list could go on. But I think you get what I am saying. Our way of thinking is shaped early on in our development as children, refined as adolescents, and for the most part, set by our late teens and early twenties. Ask any teacher, social worker, psychologist, or really any mother or father for that fact. What you think and how you think is really important. Why? It will determine how you live your life, how you will treat others, how you will love your spouse, do your job, raise your children, etcetera.

 

How you think and why you think will also determine how you view God and His character. “Well, Todd I don’t really think about God that much,” you might say. True enough. But you should because He sure thinks about you… a lot. A book that was written thousands of years ago stated that “Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.” Wow, God has so many thoughts about you that you could not even begin to count them. That is how much God thinks about you. Well, if that is the case and you actually believe that God does think about you, wouldn’t you think that He is more than capable of providing for you? Would you not think that He is a God of plenty, that He has more than enough? Would you not think that no matter what you need, God has an endless supply?

 

I can remember being a kid and going to the grocery store (a local Piggly Wiggly especially) with my dad. I would put something in the grocery cart like a candy bar or a bag of chips or something that had plenty of sugar and starches in it, and my dad would question me on why I put that item in the cart. My reply was, “I need this.” When, in actuality, I no more “needed” the candy bar than I needed “a hole in my head,” as my mom would declare many times throughout my childhood. My dad would then look at me and say, “You don’t really need this. You just want it.” Me, with a look of bewilderment on my face, would quip back, “No, Dad. I really need it.” For the most part he would allow my indulgence, typically when it was just him and me buying groceries. Well, he was buying them; I was just choosing them. My point is this: my father knew what I “needed” and was more than willing to let me get what I “needed” when it was within reason. I never had a thought that my dad didn’t have enough money to get what we needed or what I wanted. I just thought, just like any child, that “Daddy” had more than enough. Why did I think that way? Because Daddy always had more than enough. As I got older and life taught me many lessons, I realized that Daddy had a budget and a limited supply of money.