We are on Day 2 of the Generosity Challenge!
The Scripture for today is Genesis 12:1-8. Take a minute to read through that portion.
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.”
This section is the focal point today because of the prime example made by Abraham’s generous life. His lifestyle was one where he truly lived with open hands as God blessed Him first. To be able to understand this, you also have to step back a little and look at the bigger picture of this story. God promised this land to Abraham. Moreover, Abraham entirely relocated to accept that new blessing that God said was rightfully his.
Later in Chapter 13, the herdsmen under Abraham and Lot are conflicting. To resolve this, Abraham gifts Lot with the land of his choosing—the same land that Abraham saw as a gift from God! It does not stop there though. He gifts Lot with the land and then completely moves to a new area!
Can you imagine? Think about the things with which God has blessed you. What have you pray earnestly for and God has delivered? Would you feel free to just turn and give that up to another person? I know that would be a MASSIVE struggle for me.
Think about how much Abraham had to consider this. How he mulled it over, talked with Sarah, and maybe talked to his herdsmen. He probably took a bit over time before announcing his decision to Lot.
Here is where it gets AMAZING.
Read Chapter 13:14-17
“The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.’”
As SOON as Abraham moves into this new space that is, at surface-level, less than ideal, God speaks to him to give the greatest blessing that will continue through the generations. It is almost humorous to watch, because the gifts between Abraham and God keep playing off each other for bigger and better generosity.
I truly believe that God rewards those who trust Him as the Provider and Owner.
Here is the Challenge!
That one thing that you prayed about yesterday… take action today! Watch God move and meet your needs. Feel the absolute freedom of living with those open hands that allows God’s blessings to flow to others!
As you are doing this, read:
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
- Pray for trust for God above anything else in your life.
- Write down all the ways God has provided for you in the past, because I know He has! Rest in that truth of who He is!