Give Back to God
Once the Israelites were set free from bondage through the miraculous escape from Egypt provided by the Lord, they traveled across the desert. In the desert, they lived in tents. During these Old Testament days, the tents where God's people dwelt were near the large tent of the Lord.
Every time the people looked outside, they were reminded of the presence of Jehovah and His constant care and provision. God supplied their every need, just as He does for us.
Through Moses, the Lord communicated His laws and decrees for the people to live by, including specific instructions for the sacrifices, burnt offerings, special gifts, and tithes God desired of His people.
Tithing is a starting point in our giving back to the Lord, but it should never be done with an ungrateful heart or wrong motive. Jesus revealed the heart of the issue when He said, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21).
There is no more certain way for us to demonstrate our obedience and loyalty to the Lord than through our giving. What kind of Christians would we be if we did not present anything to the Lord, while we received His abundant blessing and provision repeatedly? Giving to God is a demonstration of His Lordship in our lives and of our surrender to His will. It is a way of showing that we place our trust and faith in Him.
Whether we have a little or a lot, God is interested in the attitude of our hearts. He wants more than an act of giving born of obligation. He desires us to willfully and joyfully give of our talents, abilities, time, energy, and devotion.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for my life. Everything I have in my life is from You and I thank You for it. Please create within me a heart of generosity to reflect Your heart. My desire is to be a joyful giver - free from greed and the fear that there will not be enough. I pray You will be glorified in my giving in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord" (Leviticus 27:30).
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