“‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” (Haggai 2:8)
What do we think about? What occupies our attention? If you are in business, or even if you are not, I am sure material wealth is a core focus. We worry about what we have, don’t have, want or feel we need. If we have a lot, we are concerned with its preservation. Not enough, we are concerned by where it will come from. This has two effects, takes our eyes off what is truly important, and causes us concern.
The antidote is a clear understanding of where the true ownership is. If all wealth is God’s and we have surrendered to Him and walk in His precepts, He cares for us and will provide all we need. He even promises to give us the desires of our heart. It is all His, truly His, exclusively His. Lets keep are eyes on what is real and eternal, not artificial and temporal.
Quick Prayer. “Forgive me for being so focused on the physical.” Amen
“Then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.” (Deu 14:25–26)
Here is a Scripture that proponents of a legalistic approach to tithing may want to overlook. It says to take what you were going to give and go and buy wine, great food, and whatever else you want and have a great party before the Lord.
We have lost something of the heart of God if this makes us slightly uncomfortable. It makes me a bit uncomfortable. But why? It reflects the heart and desire of God to be joyful before Him, and He enjoys seeing us blessed. I think this is the kind of party where Jesus implored us to go to the highway and byways and invite the unlovely and socially unacceptable. Now that is what church is all about.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that sometimes a sacrifice is to be shared and enjoyed. Amen.