Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
Bringing in more money is the goal of many people. The goal is to get more money so that they can do more with it or to have a better retirement in the end.
While the majority of people do not make money to save and make more money, most people want to have more so that they can spend it. They want to be able to get things that they desire or that makes them look better. Others want to be able to do more things of their hearts desire.
In order to do this, they use one hundred percent of what they earn for their own personal purpose and goals.
Solomon tells the people to honor God with their wealth, with the firstfruits of their crops. The purpose of this, is so that God can overflow their barns and vats with more.
During the time of Solomon, wealth was most often found in crops and animals. The giving of the first fruits was an early concept of tithing to God. The first and best of a person’s earnings were to be dedicated to God.
God has not changed that method of honoring Him. Today one is still supposed to honor God with a tithe off of his earnings. This is the first ten percent of all he has earned.
Giving of tithe is to be done out of love for God. It is to be done to provide for God’s house (the physical church) and the work God has being done.
While many see this as a ‘work’, it is not. It should be seen as an honor to God. It is giving back just a small portion of what God has blessed one with. God has given the believer eternal life, why not give back a little of the money? This way He can bless one with more.
Each time you receive some pay for your work, take the first portion of it and give it to God. Trust God in providing for all that you need and more.
As you pour into His kingdom, God will then be able to pour more into you. Don’t be selfish with what you get. God owns it all and can give you more as needed.
I pray today that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will trust God with all that you own; that you will be generous in giving to God; and that you will trust God to provide abundantly for all that you need.