Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Abundance comes with Godly giving. It is not the only source of abundance; time must also be used productively. However, it should be noted that all of the well-known scriptures that instructs us to give are accompanied with a promise of abundance. Proverbs 3:9 tells us that when we honour the Lord with our substance and the first fruits of our increase then our barns shall be filled to overflowing. Malachi 3:10 says God will open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing we do not have enough to receive if we bring him all the tithes and offering. Luke 6:38 says give and it shall be given back to you pressed down and running over, shall men give into your bosom. Is it a coincidence that all these scriptures connect abundance to Godly giving? You be the Judge of that.
Solomon did not hold back with his giving in 1 Kings 3: most people offered 1 burnt offering but he offered 1,000 burnt offerings to the Lord. As a result, he immediately got God’s attention so much so that the same night following, he was placed in the position that he could ask God for whatever he wanted and it would have being granted. He chose wisdom, the most important thing and with that God gave him great riches.
The key to unlocking the abundance is stated in Proverbs 3:9-10: honouring the Lord with your substance or money. Your giving must honour God. Since Abel’s offering in Genesis pleased God we can draw clues from him as to how we can honour God with our giving. Abel’s offering met two conditions. Firstly, he gave God the firstling. That means that he never gave God what was left after all the bills are paid, instead he gave to God first. He made giving to God his first priority. The second thing that we can learn from Abel is that he gave God the fatling, which represents the best. Do not hold back, give back to God the best of what he gave to you. It will require a sacrifice, but in the same way that he honoured Solomon’s sacrifice, he will honour yours.
Life Application: Each pay cycle, give to God first and offer him only the best.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I offer the best to you with my finances and resources. Help to always give to you first. In Jesus name, amen.