Delights to Give
"And the Lord said unto Abraham, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up
now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and
eastward, and westward, for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to
thy seed for ever." (Genesis 13:14-15)
A special blessing for a memorable occasion. Abram had settled a family dispute. He had
said, "Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between thee and me, for we be
brethren"; and hence he received the blessing which belongs to peacemakers. The Lord
and giver of peace delights to manifest His grace to those who seek peace and pursue it.
If we desire closer communion with God, we must keep closer to the ways of peace.
Abram had behaved very generously to his kinsman, giving him his choice of the land. If we
deny ourselves for peace's sake, the Lord will more than make it up to us. As far as the
patriarch can see, he can claim, and we may do the like by faith. Abram had to wait for
the actual possession, but the Lord entailed the land upon him and his posterity.
Boundless blessings belong to us by covenant gift. All things are ours. When we please the
Lord, He makes us to look everywhere and see all things our own, whether things present or
things to come, all are ours, and we are Christ's, and Christ is God's.