: “The special portion you are to offer to the Lord will be 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. (Ezekiel 48.9 NIV)
Explore: My two boys are typical siblings. Everything has to be distributed perfectly even, otherwise one of them will feel hard done by.
I remember being exactly the same with my sisters. If a sibling got even a millimeter more soft drink in their glass, World War III would have broken out.
My boys are always quick to grab the bowl with the most cereal in it, the glass with the most orange juice in it or the bag with the most chips in it. It doesn’t matter how well I keep things even, they are always looking for the biggest and the best.
Application: Unfortunately, we don’t easily grow out of this selfishness. No one likes to get second best and we are always well aware of who gets the most.
In Ezekiel, when God was dividing the land, He was very clear as to who got what. I guess it’s hard to argue with the Divine Creator.
But it’s sad when our selfishness gets to such a level that we pass up the opportunity to give to others. Often giving doesn’t mean we go without, it just means we have a little less.
Let’s not be like young siblings who are grabbing for the most. May we grow up enough to know that it’s okay to allow others to have some of what we want.
Prayer: Lord, no one can out do Your generosity. May we learn from Your giving spirit and freely bless others. Amen.
What can you give today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible.
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