Daily D – Genesis 12:1-3
“The Lord said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” GENESIS 12:1-3 (CSB)
King David wrote in Psalm 16:5, 6:
LORD, you are my portion
And my cup of blessing;
you hold my future.
The boundary lines have fallen for me
in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
Abram, or Abraham, and King David were blessed, blessed to be a blessing. God was good to them, very good indeed.
Do yourself a favor and look up Flow State as it relates to positive psychology. Athletes and other high-performance individuals and teams often talk about the flow state or being in the zone. Wikipedia, authority of authorities, says the flow state is when “a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.”
Abraham and David lived in the flow. They were abundantly blessed. David expresses this truth beautifully and memorably when he says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.”
This blessing was not for keeping and certainly not for hoarding. It was to be disseminated, sown, scattered, propagated, spread far and wide. How did that work out for them? Jews, Muslims, and Christians all consider themselves sons of Abraham. David was the ancestor of Jesus. It seems to have worked out pretty well.
Simple insight? The more of God you open yourself to, the more you have to share, and the more you want to share. If you see a selfish soul, you know they are running a quart or more low on God.
Live a life God can bless. Live in a flow state by sharing all you receive. You will never run out of God as long as you live in a flow state.
Count your blessings. As you do, how has God enriched you? How does he want to use those blessings to bless others? If you need to ask him, go ahead and do so. It’s the kind of question he loves to answer. Do immediately what he tells you to do. If you need an example, go back to Genesis 12 and notice how Abram follows without a recorded question what God tells him to do. The blessings came after that. Just a thought.
Fear not running out of blessings to give. God blesses open hands, not closed fists. Do not think this is all about money. There are many other kinds of blessing, aren’t there? Use your physical health, your intellectual vitality, your disciplined work ethic, as a prism to direct the flow of God’s blessing to others.
Blessing is not possessing.
Blessing is sharing.
Blessing is not withholding.
Blessing is living in the flow.
I will live in the zone of blessing.
Our Father, bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Enrich me that I may enrich others with what you entrust to me. I want to live immersed in energized focus with you in serving others. Hand me another blessing that I may send it on its way. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.