A Willing Offering
July 24, 2020

Today’s 333 Devotional: “A Willing Offering”

While giving the tithe, 10%, along with offerings to the Lord is commanded, it is highly recommended. But God doesn’t want us to give out of a sense of obligation, rather from a willing heart.

“Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering.” (Exodus 25:2)

Think for a moment what God did for them. He delivered them from over 400 years of Egyptian bondage through a series of 10 plagues and one great big miracle, the dividing of the Red Sea. Yet He still wanted them to willingly and freely give in order to glorify Him.

In 2 Corinthians 9:7, the Apostle Paul said, “Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

But why would anyone not want to give to God and to His work? The Lord said that when we give His way that He’ll rebuke the destroyer who’s eating up what we do make, and in the process open the windows of heaven and pour out His blessing (Malachi 3:8-12).

If we want God to supernaturally get involved in our finances then we have to do it God’s way. We need to willingly give to God what He has requested.

In the end what we see is that not only did the children of Israel willing give what God asked for, but they gave in excess, so much so that Moses had to restrain them from giving more.

“And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done–indeed too much.” (Exodus 36:6b-7)

When we put God first in everything we do from a willing heart, including our finances, then God will be glorified, which is our main purpose here on earth.

“In all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 4:11)

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