Monday, October 15, 2007

RaNdOm VeRsEs for thought

After Core Group last night, Jeff had me wondering about a certain verse, so I set out to find it.

and here it is:
God has no particular need for our money. He owns the cattle on a thousand hillsides. (Psalm 50:10)

Found these others while looking...
Malachi 3:8-10 "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.

1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Deuteronomy 16:17 "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work.


Anonymous,  October 16, 2007 at 9:35:00 AM CDT  

The passage from Psalm 50 is even more powerful in its context...

"If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine... Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High..."

He reminds us that He is completely sufficient in and of Himself. He does not need us nor our offerings or resources. He owns them all anyway. He could snuff out our existence with a spoken word.

Before we begin to think that our giving does God a favor, let us remember that our giving of our resources and offerings of a thankful heart are simply a joyful response by a loving child to a Wonderful Father.

Let our giving be abundant, regular, and joyful as we honor our Amazing God who is Himself the Greatest Giver.

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