Have you ever heard the saying, “I can hardly wait to see what God does today?” I really want to live my life with this mindset. I think I would be full of joy and hope. I would be looking for his blessings all throughout my day. I would be focused on trusting in Jesus, instead of being focused on my difficulties. I would live open handedly.
Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said, “Being open handed means being open to seek his blessings first through prayer and being open to see God meet your needs abundantly.” I love the word “abundant.” To me, it means overflowing with blessing.
John 10:10 ESV (one of my favorite verses)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Jesus didn’t just come to save us; he came so we could have joyful, satisfying, and blessed lives here on earth. God wants all of us to live this type of life. Who doesn’t long to live an abundant life?
Unfortunately, many don’t live that way and miss God’s blessing when they are closed fisted. Ben said when you close your hand, you stop trusting God and start trying to figure it out on your own. Sometimes I close my fist when I am not getting my way, I don’t think God is moving quickly enough, or his plan doesn’t seem to make any sense. (I can’t believe I just admitted that.)
Recently, I felt God calling me to do something, but I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to afford it. Ultimately, I decided I would obey, but I had a back-up plan just in case. God helped me realize that having a back-up plan wasn’t really trusting him. He wanted me to obey him and let him provide. I felt overjoyed! I know I can trust him … I just needed to obey, sit back, and let him work.
We need to trust God to meet our needs, and meet them abundantly. God wants to bless us—with him, we have more than enough. So how are you going to live: open-handedly or closed-handedly?
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank. with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.”
Are you open or closed fisted? Explain. How do you respond to trials? How can you improve your trust in God? Why do you think Jesus desires for all of us to have a deep and satisfying life? Why do you think we should pray first?
Are you open to receiving God’s blessing even when it doesn’t make sense, isn’t what you want, or the timing is not what you desire?
Pray first. Have an action plan ready for the next time you are facing a trial. Write the plan down and be prepared.
Meditate on Jeremiah 17:7-8.
Jesus, I can hardly wait to see what you do today! I trust you! Help me to live an open-handed life. Help my faith in you to overflow. Help me to live a life that draws other people to you. Thank you for loving me so much that you saved me and long for me to live a rich and satisfying life in you! Help me to always bring glory to your name. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
Check out the Latest LivingItOut Podcast
The LivingItOut Podcast is released every Wednesday morning. It discusses key takeaways and principles from the weekend message. Listen to the weekly podcast in your car, during your lunch break, or any other time that works for you. You can find the latest podcast here.
Leave a Comment?
We would love to hear how the LivingItOut is making a difference in your life. Let us know how today’s post inspired, challenged, or encouraged you by leaving a comment here.
Want to be a part of the LivingItOut team?
We are always looking for people who are passionate about writing and proofing to serve on the LivingItOut team. If you are interested, email LIO@cedarcreek.tv today!