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Open Hands

”Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are . . . for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.” Genesis 13:14

God gave the land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants. He’d already told Abraham this. When strife arose between Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen, Abraham could have told Lot that the land belonged to him, and Lot had to be the one to leave if there was a problem. Instead, Abraham gave Lot first pick. And Lot chose the best for himself. There is no evidence that Abraham resented Lot for his choice. In fact, we learn a short time later that he risked his life and the lives of his men to go and rescue Lot. After Lot left the Lord once again reiterated His promise to give all the land to Abraham. Abraham was willing to give it up. The Lord said no, he didn’t have to.

A dear friend of ours tells a story of the time he received some unexpected money. It was a sizable amount, and he was a perpetually broke college student at the time. But he was also a student committed to serving the Lord wholeheartedly. He took some paper, tore it up into little bits, and wrote different dollar amounts on them. He put them in a bowl and told the Lord whichever paper he pulled out, that was the amount he would give, even if he pulled out the paper that had the entire amount on it. He reached in and pulled out a paper. It said one dollar. He went to a godly friend of his and told him what had happened, thinking surely the Lord wanted him to give more than a dollar. The friend told him to go home and draw from the bowl again. So he did. He went home, stirred up the bowl, and pulled a paper out. Yep, you guessed it. One dollar. He gave the Lord the dollar.

Open hands. When God asks a sacrifice of us, open hands make the process much less painful. But remember, sometimes God sees our open hands and pours His blessings into them.

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