“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce” (Proverbs 3:9).
When we take the time to thank God for remembering all of our needs, let’s not forget to remember Him. As a good faith token of our appreciation for His blessing on our life, we remember God by giving Him the firstfruits of our income. But remember this principle: We must give God the best.
When the Israelites failed to remember God by giving Him their best, He reproved them.
“Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:8-12).
When God brought them back from captivity, they soon gravitated to building their own homes, and not honoring God by building His temple (see Haggai 1:4-11). They also failed to give back to God tithes and offerings. As a result, things did not go well for them.
The generous heart acknowledges God as the giver of all good things and giving keeps us from becoming self-centered. Remember that “it is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). Even when our numbers do not all add up, let’s not short-change God. He is able to supply any need we may have, but why should He remember our needs when we have forgotten all about Him?
Someone may ask, “How can I give to God when my bills mount to the ceiling?” You approach that as everything else: by faith. When we read or hear God’s Word teach us to give back a portion to God, we need to respond in faith and action. God will more than supply “every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Step out in faith to honor God with His due, and He will take care of you.
We should consider giving to God among our highest privileges. The fact that He entrusts us with so much should cause us to eagerly give to Him our very best.
Posted on Thu, July 21, 2016
by Sam Petitfils