July 15

1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30; Romans 2:25-3:8; Psalm 11:1-7; Proverbs 19:10-12

We live in a society where people pride themselves on getting something for nothing! This is actually an unfair exchange because when you get something for nothing, someone in the exchange has lost out. What’s worse is when we think that we can operate with God that same way.

God has given so much to us. Why? Because of his unconditional love! When love is present, giving always follows. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. One of the most famous scriptures in the Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16) Giving always follows loving!

David was in a crucial time when he needed to stop the plague that was destroying the people. God instructed David to build an Altar and bring Him a sacrifice. Araunah wanted to give the Threshing Floor to David but David refused because he did not want to create an unfair exchange. All of our giving to God should be from a heart of love. When we do this, giving is not a problem. David loved God so much that he did not want to take the cheap way out in his giving. God deserves our best. Will you give God the first and best of your life and possessions? He gave you His best.

Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32; Romans 3:9-31; Psalm 12:1-8; Proverbs 19:13-14

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