Honor God With Your Giving
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Get God’s attention with your giving by honoring Him each time that you give. Solomon did that in 2 Chronicles 1:6 when he offered 1,000 burnt offerings to God and in the next verse the scripture said that God appeared to him and told him to ask of Him whatever he wanted, and it would be granted. Solomon’s giving got God’s attention and it attracted God’s favor to the extent that God told him to ask for anything and he got it; that is uncommon favor. Solomon’s giving was one of the reasons for his uncommon success.
The poor widow of Luke 21:1-4 also got the attention of God with her giving. She placed two-mites in the treasury, which was all that she had at the time, and Jesus said of her that she gave more than what the rich gave. What that meant is that her little pleased God more than what the rich gave. You do not have to have a lot to give to get God’s attention, all that is required is to give to God sacrificially from the little that you have.
To get God’s attention with your giving, your tithes and offering must be acceptable to him. In Genesis 4:3-5 both Cain and Abel gave an offering to God, but only the offering of Abel was acceptable to Him. There were two characteristics of Abel’s offering that made it acceptable to God. First, he gave to God the firstling, which meant that he gave to God first. The approach that we sometimes take to giving is to give to God what is left after we satisfy all the expenses that we need to take care of. The problem with this approach is that we are honoring the financial obligations first and not God. Let your giving get the attention of God by giving to him first.
The other characteristic of Abel’s giving is that he gave the “fatling” or best to God. To the contrary, Cain would have given to God whatever he felt like. Don’t give whatever you feel like, give to God your best by giving to Him sacrificially each time you give.
King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 3:9-10 what will happen when we honor God with our giving. He said “thy barns shall be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine”. Note that He was not telling us something that he did not personally experience. Based on the picture he painted, what we can expect to happen when we honor God with our giving is abundance and overflow. It is ours for the taking when we honor God with our giving.
Life Application: Honour God with your giving by aligning your giving to the word of God while giving to him first and your best. If you are not in the position to give all that you should right now, start by giving to God sacrificially from the little you have; let the Holy Spirit direct you as to what to do.
Prayer: Lord, help me to give to you my very best and Sacrificially. Bless the seed that I sow and release uncommon favor in my life as I honor through giving. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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