Meditation

01/21/2022

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)

The experience of God’s people through the years is distilled into a pithy proverb by the inspired writer. It reveals that God’s people can count on His blessing when we honor Him with our offerings. As with all proverbial wisdom, this is not and ironclad rule without exceptions. It is principle proved through experience and inspired by God. Stewardship is not an attempt to bribe God and ensure your own personal wealth. Beloved, it is a committed response to the God who never forgets the needs of His people.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You are not One to try and bargain with. We participate in stewardship campaigns for the simple reason of being able to pay the bills of the church, but it is also to fund the ministries that the church participates in that serve our community and fellowman in meeting their needs. We don’t get a star by our names for giving more, we simply help more people. Help us Abba, in understanding this concept and that we may never be wealthy in material things; rather by kingdom things. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Yield to God’s Peace, Plan, Power & Provision.” (Philippians 4:6-20)

KNOWING GOD:

Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 30:9-10)

God punishes His people when they are unfaithful. He seeks to restore and renew the people. A sign of His restoration is renewed blessings for His people. God wants u to discipline our lives, but it is not His last word. God seeks through discipline to lead us to repentance. To repent (Hebrew – shub, means to “turn or return”) is to change life’s directions, trust God, and obey Him. Repentance thus leads us to salvation. So by our seeking to follow His commands and decrees, we repent of our sins, which leads us to acts of good stewardship and disciplined lives.

I AM:

I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said, Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.” (Acts 10:31)

Good stewardship shown in care for the needy demonstrates devotion to God. God rewards such devotion through His presence and attention. Good stewardship does not guarantee Go will answer our prayers in the way we want. It does lead to a relationship with God in which we know God listens and answers prayers as He sees best.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap,. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Our motives for giving usually determine the rewards we expect. Like a generous merchant who dispenses a heaping measure of grain. God pour out love and blessings to those who exhibit love for others by gracious giving. The greatest reward to the faithful giver is the joy of participating in Christ’s ministry and seeing the results. Christ taught that rewards are gifts from God. They cannot be earned and are primarily spiritual rather than material. God may choose to provide material blessings as well as all spiritual blessings, but we have no right or reason to demand or expect material gifts. The lives of Jesus and Paul illustrate this. The wealth of joyous faith and fulfilling life are he greatest rewards possible!

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