Artist: Hillsong Y & F
We’ve been sitting all week with the call of Christian discipleship to be generous. Today, we’re back in Proverbs 3.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.
Three somewhat unrelated observations:
The passage doesn’t say “Give…” It says, “Honor the Lord…” And how do we do that? With our wealth – with our material possessions. God is honored (or dishonored) by how we use our material possessions. What we do with our “stuff” says something about what we think of God.
Just before today’s reading we find this familiar passage: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will…” I like these verses. They comfort me. But today, it occurs to me that what I do with material possessions says a lot about how much I actually believe them. Giving (honoring the Lord with my wealth) is a remarkably tangible and physical way for me to walk out “trust in the Lord.”
& Barn Doors
This passage is rooted in Deuteronomy, one of the first books of the Bible. There, as here, God lays out His intended patterns for life and the consequences of following (or ignoring!) them.
This bit in Proverbs about giving God the best parts of everything we produce is rooted in Deuteronomy 26 and the command to tithe. And Deuteronomy 26 begins with an interesting little phrase.
Immediately before the command to give “firstfruits/the best part” (which Proverbs 3 picks up), we read this:
“When you enter the land God is giving you…”
See that? God is giving you…now, you give.
And, as this Proverb reveals, when we give, we create more space in our lives for God’s generosity. When we empty our barn for others…God fills it with more.
So we give. It honors God. It expresses trust. And it opens the barn doors – yours…and His!