February 18, 2013

*Genesis 13:14– The Lord said to Abram after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are–northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you…

Abraham was in a fix: here his nephew Lot had quarreled with him over landowner’s rights, who should get which part of the property, and to keep peace, he’d given him the best of the land.

Now he was discouraged. He’d traveled far in hopes receiving this property from God, and now half of it belonged to someone else. But The Lord chose just that moment to draw Abraham aside, encouraging him to get his eyes off the current situation and back onto God’s original promise. “Lift up your eyes,” He said, “and look from the place where you now are.”

It’s natural to look down; to focus on our current, negative situation. It’s super-natural to lift your eyes beyond your problem to God’s word.

God then told Abraham: all the land which you see, I give to you, communicating that if Abraham would dare to envision himself receiving all God had promised, even in the face of contradictory evidence, he’d ultimately experience the fullness of God’s blessing. Nothing in this world, no quarrelsome human being, or even a devil from Hell, can circumvent the good things God has sworn to give His children.

History records that Abraham did indeed inherit all the land. So let me encourage you to imitate his faith today. Lift up your eyes from the place where you now are.  For if you’ll focus your vision on God’s promise, everything you see will be given you.

Today’s Prayer: Father, I choose this day to lift my eyes from the place where I now am. Instead, I’ll focus on the blessings you’ve promised in your word. I expect to receive those blessings, each and every one, and thank you in advance for giving them to me.

 

*This devotional is from David’s 30-day devotional Encouraging Word, Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore and other fine retailers.

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