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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Numbers 14:24 But since my servant Caleb has a different spirit and has remained loyal to me, I will bring him into the land where he has gone, and his descendants will inherit it. (CSB)
Luke 9:18-20 While he was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back.” “But you,” he asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” (CSB)
Luke 9:7-8 Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was going on. He was perplexed, because some said that John had been raised from the dead, some that Elijah had appeared, and others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. “I beheaded John,” Herod said, “but who is this I hear such things about?” And he wanted to see him. (CSB)
Psalm 56:1,2 Be gracious to me, God, for a man is trampling me; he fights and oppresses me all day long. My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me. (CSB)