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A father called his son to him and said, “I have a gift for you.  Do you want it?”

The son eagerly acknowledged his desire for the gift.  The father opened up his wallet and gave his son a $100 bill.  The son grabbed it and said, “Wow! Thanks Dad” before running off with the money.

As the child ran away, the father said, “Wait I have more!”  But the child did not hear him and the father was not able to give the child the full gift.

When God blesses us, most of us run-off before receiving the full blessing which God has to give us.  We tend to be satisfied with God’s first gift and never claim His whole gift.

In Deuteronomy God tells Moses to move off the mountain in Horeb, which is where God had appeared to Moses in the burning bush and where God had given him the Ten Commandments.  Obviously, Horeb was a cherished spot for Moses.

God wanted Moses to leave the mountain because God had promised to give Moses and the Israelites, a land of their own … The Promised Land.  As long as Moses remained at Horeb, which he cherished, he would never receive the full gift God had for Him.

The land God promised Moses was “hill country …fertile lowland … by the seacoast” (Deuteronomy 1:6–8).  It sounds like prime real estate on the coast of northern California.  It was a better place than a spot in Horeb, which was located in the midst of a barren desert.

If Moses had his way, he would have stayed on at Horeb with his cherished memories and God’s people would have remained impoverished immigrants.

When we accept and run with the first portion of God’s blessings, the forgiveness of sins, and do not linger for the next portion of God’s blessings, the gift of the Holy Spirit, we impoverish ourselves.

It is best to hunger for the fulness of God, than to be satisfied with a bread crumb which has fallen from His table.

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Come to me with empty hands and an open heart, 

ready to receive abundant blessings. (1)

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I have a hard time receiving gifts because either my pride or my expectations are too high.

I do not believe I am alone.

A friend wanted to say thank you to me earlier this week with a simple gift.

In gratefulness, I should have accepted it and say, “Thank you,” but I did not.  My pride was a hinderance.

In exasperation he told me to at least take it and give it away to someone in need.  It was only then when I accepted the gift.

He wanted to say thank you and I frustrated him with my pride.

Shame on me!

I wonder how often I have done this to God?

We expect God to bless us in specific ways. When He does not come bearing the gifts we expect, we act like He is a burden to us.

God has a specific gift for us.

The gift is Himself!

Unfortunately, we frequently reject the gift of Himself because we want a specific blessing rather than Him.

Jesus taught, 

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (2)

I wonder how many times has God come to me with a gift and I have rejected Him?

Sometimes, I am amazed God keeps blessing me.

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  1. Young, Sarah (2004-10-12). Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence (p. 123). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
  2. Matthew 6:8

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