I really enjoyed reading Madison’s opening words to this installment of the Community Brew link-up.
God DOES do big things. Absolutely. And I seek his provision daily and earnestly.
But Madison asked, was I seeking God with “open hands?”
Nope. Big negatory on that one.
I am a close-fisted seeker. What I have, I want to keep and have no intention of letting go.
I am devastated when He “takes” something away from me. Like a child. However, one of the the verses Madison shared got right to the heart of my emotional immaturity.
God is not cruel. He is greater. Greater than me, greater than circumstance, greater than all things. He can see beyond. When He comes to me, and asks me to have open hands, He is not “taking” from me. He is making room. Greater room for greater things.
God has always provided for me. He has given me all I need and more. I have absolutely no reason not to trust Him when He asks for some things back. I should know better. Because HE knows better.
My greatest obstacle to seeking Christ with open hands is money. One of the subjects God is SO specific about in the Bible. Men and women who give their last pennies to God, without looking back, are praised and always provided for. Men and women who hoard their money are passed over and punished (Ananais and Sapphira, anyone?). That knowledge should be plenty motivating for me and yet, when it comes time to tithe I struggle. When I see someone sitting on a street corner, asking for help, I struggle. When I am asked to support a child in Africa, I struggle.
I have PLENTY of things I need to use my money on. “God-money” comes out last (and, as a result, usually has a $0 balance).
How unbelievably backwards and selfish is that?!?
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
Matthew 6: 25-26
Thank you Madison, for such eye-opening words!!