Today’s Date: January 12, 2010
Honor the Lord
Reading: Gen 26:17-27:46, Mt 9:1-17, Psalm 10:16-18, Proverbs 3:9-10
S – Scripture:
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
O – Observation:
Proverbs 3:9-10 are verses that show further benefit of God’s Wisdom.
While listening to Jon Courson’s commentary on www.blueletterbible.com I was enlightened to hear about (Proverbs 1-3 – Jon describes) Psalms and Proverbs as a balancing act – Psalms deals with worship and Proverbs in the area of work. Psalms is to be read on your knees, Proverbs is to be read on your feet.
We are to “honor” the Lord with whatever we have. Wealth can be defined as, “abundance of valuable material possessions or resources, the state of being rich; affluence.” What’s interesting in one culture a person or people group can be seen as poor – yet in another culture – that same person or people group is seen as wealthy. Why is that? What does that mean for me? Only when we travel and/or learn about how others live, do we realize that no matter what we have or don’t have, there is always someone who has less then we do.
A – Application:
All that I have belongs to God. Whatever I give to honor God is the best of what I have, not the scraps or that which is blemished or thrown away. I need to give God my first fruits. (“First fruits” were a time of thanksgiving for God’s provision.) I need to remember to be thankful for the smallest to the largest – gifts from God. Only when I give back the best to God, will I receive an overflow. Some might say, I don’t have anything to give or I’m poor, what can I honor God with? For most it’s easy to give when we have an abundance. The difficulty comes when we have little and God asks for our first fruits. We are to “honor” him always. Even when we have no possession to give, we have resources that we can offer to God, our time to help others, our skills, our knowledge – all to honor Him.
P – Prayer:
Father thank you for your love and understanding. Thank you for giving and providing. Thank you that no matter what, I am able to honor you in wisdom and truth, with both possession and resources.