Archive for October 29th, 2018

Proverbs 3:7-10

Proverbs 3:7-10 begins with Solomon reminding us to “Be not wise in your own eyes”. He is reinforcing what he just said in previous verses – that we should not lean on our own understanding but rely on God’s wisdom which is better and greater than anything we will ever have on our own.  He reinforces a common theme from his teaching: “fear the Lord, and turn away from evil”. This should naturally happen as we walk with God.  As we trust Him we get to know Him better and develop a healthy fear or reverence of Him.  That should cause us to run from evil that we might not fall prey to sin and disappoint God who loves us deeply.

Solomon makes the case that walking with God is good for us.  “It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones”. A life of surrender and trust in God has real benefits to our health.  It gives us peace and strength and provides a solid foundation for us not just spiritually, but physically as well.  Then Solomon dives into an area that many wish to avoid – our money.  “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce”.  The first truth we have to understand is that in all reality, everything we have is God’s already.  We truly don’t own anything, but are merely stewards of what he entrusts to us on this earth.

But that said, God does want us to intentionally return some of what He’s provided to Him. When we truly trust Him, we can honor Him with generosity that realizes He is the great provider and has inexhaustible resources. The word ‘honor’ really connects with the idea of sacrifice.  God wants us to demonstrate gratitude toward and confidence toward Him through our giving.  It is a recognition that God provided it to us in the first place, and we should gratefully return a portion of it to Him.  But Solomon goes further and tells us what we give should be our ‘firstfruits’.  It’s not the leftovers, should there be any, but rather the first and best of what God has provided.

The principle of firstfruits also means that we give to God in anticipation that He will provide more in return.  Solomon seems to indicate that God does bless our gifts when he penned “then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine”.  Our motive for giving should never be that of getting more in return.  But this principle is seen throughout scripture.  God is the master and distributor of unlimited resources. He knows how to prosper and take care of those who honor Him with the resources He has given to them.  God is good, all the time.  He blesses us beyond anything we deserve or can even understand.  Giving to Him sets things in motion for Him to bless us indeed!

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