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Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 3

Gold Nugget
Verse 9-10:  “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.”

I'm sure glad this verse is in the bible. It proves that if I give lots of money to God, I will be overflowing with cash, possessions and an all you can drink bar… that is if I interpret it the way many charlatans proclaim it. Taking this verse out of context robs us of the beautiful promise that lies within. Believing that giving to God will increase your bank account is not the objective at all, even if it’s true. Follow me on this, if you will. Why would God give you a return of 10, 20 or a hundred fold for giving to Him such a small portion? Is it to convince you of how important it is? Is it to convince you to continue to give? Hardly. In Matthew 25:23 we read, “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” In this passage a servant was given a small amount, but “honored” his master by using it as gain for the master. That being said, it is in the master’s best interest to give his faithful servant even more for a greater return. A return to who? The master! When we honor God with our few possessions (that came from Him anyway), it stands to reason that we would honor Him with our many possessions. Why wouldn’t He therefore provide you with more provisions to which He will be honored again and again and a blessing to His work.  My concern is for those who “honor” God with intent or even expectation of a great return unto themselves. This misunderstanding and selfish agenda is as foolish as the man who believes that God gives us the desires of our heart without giving us a new heart. This new heart is filled with desires for Him and does not seek its own. Let’s honor the Lord with the expectation of being able to honor Him more with any blessings He so lovingly puts in our hand. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” - 2 Corinthians 9:8

Lord, as you give me provisions, help me to see the opportunities to provide for your work. If I am faithful with what you have put in my hand, fill them both so I can honor you with two. Amen

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