The way we give our tithe and offering to God is important. What portion we give to Him is vital. It must be the first portion. We cannot give God our leftovers and expect to be blessed.
The first thing we see in this scripture is the word, honor.
The word honor or kabod is defined as; to revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission and perform relative duties to. To reverence, to manifest the highest veneration for, in words and actions; to entertain the most exalted thoughts of; to worship; to adore.
Another Bible dictionary defines it as respect, giving worth and honor to someone. It is not a matter of forcing to submit to an authority because the authority is stronger and bigger and can exert his power. It begins with an attitude of gentleness and reverence from our own obedient and humble heart.
The Baker Bible Dictionary says; the root of kabod literally means heavy or weighty. The figurative meaning, however, is far more common: “to give weight to someone.”
To honor someone, then, is to give weight or to grant a person a position of respect and even authority in one’s life. While honor is an internal attitude of respect, courtesy, and reverence, it should be accompanied by appropriate attention or even obedience.
Honor without corresponding action is incomplete.
When we give God our FIRST, the first fruit of all our increase, we are honoring Him. We are granting Him authority in our life and choosing to submit to His way of doing things. This HONORS God and pleases Him.
Now, let’s look again at Proverbs 3:9-10; Honor the Lord with your possession and the first fruits of all your increase, so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Plenty and overflow have EVERYTHING to do with HONOR. Without honor, there will be neither. Honoring God is of the upmost importance.
But before you have a heart that seeks to honor God, you must first cultivate a heart of humility.
Proverbs 15:33 says; before honor is humility.
Luke 14:11 says; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Proverbs 22:4 says, the reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
Humility must come first…even before honor.
Before plenty, must come honor. Before honor, humility must come. When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and do things HIS way instead of our way, we are honoring God. As we honor God with our life and with our increase His plenty will be released upon us.
It’s time for the plenty. I truly believe that. And I believe we will see that plenty, but first we must begin to cultivate a life of humility. As we humble ourselves before God, our heart will desire to honor God and our actions will follow that desire. As we honor God, His plenty will invade our life.
May we see the plenty as we humble ourselves and live a life of honor in God.
Meditate on this:
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. Hebrews 13:18