Ephron answered Abraham, “My lord, please listen to me. The land is worth 400 pieces of silver, but what is that between friends? Go ahead and bury your dead.” So Abraham agreed to Ephron’s price and paid the amount he had suggested—400 pieces of silver, weighed according to the market standard. The Hittite elders witnessed the transaction.
I was reading an article on sourcesofinsight(dot)com. The title of the article was Purpose and the Business Mind. At one point in the article, the writer stated, “Someone who has their business mind switched to 'on' typically works with passion and purpose.” Something that stuck out to me about this quote was that the writer presented the idea as though it were possible for someone to ‘switch their business mind on.’ The concept is that switching our business minds ‘on’ helps us reach goals and fulfill our purpose. So when we think about things this way, and knowing that we are each created for a specific purpose, how does the execution of God’s promises go hand in hand with how we engage our “business mind?”
We know that Abraham, for example, was a man who believed in God’s promises for his life. We also know that Abraham often took actions that proved he believed God’s promises. However, we rarely take a look at the times when the “father of faith” took action steps that exemplified him turning his business mind ‘on.’ Our reference verses above show us a quick glimpse of a time Abraham purchased a field in the foreign land God promised to him and his Descendants. At the time, the land was inhabited by Canaanites and Abraham did not yet have enough descendants to occupy the land. However, the field that Abraham purchased in this foreign land was intended to be a burial ground, not only for his wife but, ultimately for his descendants. This financial purchase was an indication of how much Abraham believed his descendants would one day inhabit and inherit this foreign land which God had promised them.
Immediately after Abraham buried his wife in this purchased burial ground, the Bible then tells us of steps he took to send one of his servants to find a wife for his son. This act of finding a wife for his son further shows us an example of Abraham applying his business acumen to the purpose and promise God had for his descendants. If his descendants were going to multiply and inhabit this land, then his son was obviously going to need a wife. So Abraham sent his servant out to find a choice woman for his son to marry. This was so they could continue the lineage God promised and so that their descendants would one day multiply and inhabit their promised land as God stated they would.
On Thursday, we’ll take a look at the full process of how Abraham’s descendants ended up coming to inhabit this land and what God’s invested interest was in multiplying Abraham’s descendants in this manner. The purpose of this blog today was to show us that, while God makes us promises, we are often the ones used to fulfill them. For us to do this, we must position ourselves to sometimes be able to switch our business minds ‘on.’ We can do this by asking ourselves, “How can I align myself with the things God has said? How can I set myself up to be in tune with what I believe my destiny is?” As we think on these things, I believe we are also preparing ourselves for the action steps that will take us to the future of what God has promised.
Lots of Love, XO