Opening God’s Hand

By Jason Benham

“Amaziah said to the man of God, ‘But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?’ And the man of God answered, ‘The Lord has much more to give you than this'” (2 Chronicles 25:9).

The Judean King should have never gotten into an unholy alliance with Israel’s king, and now a prophet from God told him to break the alliance, which cost him 100 talents of silver (about $600k today). King Amaziah asked the man of God, “but what about the money I spent?” To which the prophet simply replied, “God has much more to give you than this.”

In our daily business dealings God is looking for faithfulness–even if it costs us. It’s people like this to whom He can entrust His eternal treasures, which are far better than earthly ones. God’s desire is to bless us, but He chooses to do it in proportion to our willingness to be faithful to Him with what He gives us.

King Amaziah had invested a significant amount of money to hire Israel’s army to help him in battle, only to find out it was against God’s will. Yet when God told him to break the deal and lose the money Amaziah faithfully obeyed. He was willing to let go of what was in his hand, which then enabled God to give him what was in His hand–Judah ended up defeating their enemies without the help of Israel’s army.

Today, it’s vital to faithfully obey God no matter the cost. If we simply open our hand to Him in obedience He will bless us with what is in His hand.

But there is one small catch to this story. The Israelite soldiers were angry for being sent home, so they raided Judah and took a bunch of stuff. Essentially, Amaziah got robbed for obeying God. Sometimes making the right decision is going to cost you more than you think, yet the question remains, “Will you obey God?”

The secret to getting what God has in His hand for you is by opening your hand to Him in obedience, no matter the cost.


Jason Benham

My aim is simple: I want to get you hooked on God’s Word so that you become the godly man your wife and kids need you to be—the faithful warrior God called you to be. As men, we were made to fight, and our greatest weapon is the Word of God. Armed with His truth, we can win the battles desperately raging against us, our marriages, our families, as well as the culture in which we are called to change.

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