An Open Hand

Deuteronomy 15:11
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to the needy, in thy land.

God never commands us to hoard our blessings, but to share them.  He doesn’t tell us to be stingy, but generous.  He doesn’t tell us to accumulate as much as we can, but to give liberally to others.  His command is to open our hands wide.  His command is to give without holding back, without prejudice, with the right heart.  And if the poor shall never cease, then there will be plenty of opportunities for us to be generous to others.

So where are our hearts with regard to giving and with regard to what God has blessed us with?  Will we open our hands wide to give generously, or do we give with a closed fist, begrudgingly, trying to keep as much as we can for ourselves?  Do we only give with a sense of duty or because we really want to help someone, show them love, make a difference?  Will we see what God has given us as opportunities to be a blessing to someone else?

God is our great example, because He is certainly very generous.  He is the source of our abundant blessings in the first place.  He opens wide His hand toward us and invites us to partake of all that He has.  He was willing to send His only Son to die for our sins.  He is full of grace and mercy.  And He always provides every need.  So we should imitate this characteristic in our own lives and allow Him to work through us.

God will always provide for His people.  He promises to take care of the poor always.  But sometimes He uses us to do that.  So when we do give, let’s not hold back.  May we always have hearts that are willing to give, to give abundantly, to go above and beyond.  And when we have those kinds of generous hearts, we are simply showing the world the heart of our generous Father.

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