November 23

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24; 1 Peter 1:13-2:10; Psalm 119:33-48; Proverbs 28:11

“Why does God want me to give?” This is a question often posed. Since God owns everything and needs nothing, why does He always prescribe giving as a standard for our lives? Simple: Giving is about us more than it is about God.

In the act of giving, we consciously recalibrate ourselves to God. We recall that everything we have (regardless of amount) comes from our generous God. Israel brought animals, grain flour and oil as offerings to God. They were showing their dependence on God each time they gathered. In fact, whenever they gathered, they brought offerings to God.

In our materialistic world with its never-ending desire for more, giving takes our mind off of “stuff” and puts it on God. It also makes us more like God because our God is a giver and He is generous. When we give to God, it enables His work to continue and expand to reach and help others. As Israel brought their gifts, they served a practical purpose to ensure that God’s House was taken care of.

Giving is always about our heart towards God. If God is first and best, then He should receive our first and best. Giving is easy when we have first given ourselves to God. Let’s start there!

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Ezekiel 47:1-48:35; 1 Peter 2:11-3:7; Psalm 119:49-64; Proverbs 28:12-13

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