“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.” – Proverbs 3:9-10
We might read this verse and conclude to ourselves, “If I just tithe my 10 percent, then I’ve got it made. I will be rich beyond measure if I’m just faithful with my tithe.” But we must keep in mind the first six words, “Honor the LORD with your wealth.” Most of us may not consider ourselves wealthy because the term wealthy is relative. Another word used for wealth is possessions. Is God honored through what we own? If you do not know, then ask Him! First Corinthians tells us, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (10:31 ESV). How do we honor God with our phones or other electronic devices? How do we honor God with our choice of television shows or movies? As hard as it may be to turn away from some of these things, we are turning to God and He will provide for more than what we gave up.
A missionary in South Africa traveled weekly to a nearby village to have a Bible study for the women in the village. One week the only woman attending the study was the woman living in the home where they met. The missionary shared about giving that day and at the end the woman asked if giving her only two-rand coin (worth about a quarter) to a beggar would be an acceptable gift to please God. Even though we would say she gave out of her poverty, according to these verses she gave out of her wealth. 1 It wasn’t about the finances, it was about her faith. She wanted to honor God with everything that she had. How can you honor God like she did? Is there something He wants you to give up so He can be honored and lifted up?