I recently wrote on tithing and giving. I immediately received a response from a pastor friend reminding me that while everything I wrote was truth, I may need to reiterate when and how we give to the Lord.
I have read and re-read his email for the past two weeks. I have also taken a great deal of time to study and meditate on the scripture found in Proverbs 3.
Proverbs 3:9-10 says; 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.
As my pastor friend reminded me, when we give our tithe and offering to God is vital. When, as in what portion is given to Him. It must be the first portion. We cannot give God our left-overs 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 honoring heart.
As I continued my search, I found 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, our 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 no plenty or overflow. Honoring God must come first and we must honor Him with our increase.
In closing, I want to share a few more scriptures.
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.
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 into our life.
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 begin to live a life of humility 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, we have His word on it.
Prayer for Today: Father, I thank you for your word. I thank you for working humility into our heart and our life. I ask you to help us to always have a heart to honor you in all things, including our finances. I thank you that as we walk in humility and honor God, our lives will overflow with plenty. For this I give you praise in Jesus name. Amen.