Genesis 13:14-18: Divine economics.
“14-17 After Lot separated from him, God said to Abram, “Open your eyes, look around. Look north, south, east, and west. Everything you see, the whole land spread out before you, I will give to you and your children forever. I’ll make your descendants like dust—counting your descendants will be as impossible as counting the dust of the Earth. So—on your feet, get moving! Walk through the country, its length and breadth; I’m giving it all to you.” 18 Abram moved his tent. He went and settled by the Oaks of Mamre in Hebron. There he built an altar to God.” NIV
One thing every generous Christian finds is that you can’t out-give God. As in the Joseph story, we regularly find our silver back in our sacks! It seems to me that all that Abraham had given up to Lot was given back to him, and with interest. ‘Whatever Abram renounced, when he left his home, or gave Lot the right to choose, he received back in the usual measure of God, with an overflowing surplus. God gave him the entire land, including Lot’s portion. We can never give up for God, without receiving in this life more than we gave.’ F.B.Meyer.
We should never give with a view to receiving blessings back, but if we do give in the right spirit, we will regularly find that God pours back into our laps in ways beyond our asking or imagining.
What is a person’s response to God’s goodness? Like Abram’s, it should surely be to worship the God whose goodness to us is way beyond anything we could ever deserve (18).
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your overflowing generosity.