I was studying in Genesis and came across some things I want to share with you.
Most of you are familiar with the story of Jacob. In Genesis 28 we find Jacob leaving his father’s land to search for a wife as his father had told him to. This, of course was after he deceived his father and took the firstborns blessing.
On the way, when the sun began to set he decided to lie down and sleep. As he slept he dreamed of a ladder with angels going up and coming down. When he awoke he said, ‘surely God is in this place’ and he built an altar there. Jacob called the name of the place Bethel.
Jacob also made a promise, a vow to God. He told God that if He took care of him, fed him and clothed him and brought him back safely to his father’s house, that He would be his God and he would give Him a tenth of all he had. He would give God a tithe of all his increase.
We know that after that, Jacob found his wife Rachel. He worked for her father, Laban. Laban attempted to take from Jacob over and over. Changing his wages, and doing anything he could to stop Jacob from being blessed. But God blessed Jacob.
You see, Jacob saw how God’s blessings worked; he saw angels going up and coming down.
That’s what happens when we tithe and give to God; our tithe goes up, Jesus receives it, our offerings go up, Jesus receives them, and blessings come down.
So, we find later, that for several years Jacob worked for an unjust man, but Jacob remained faithful to God. When Jacob left his father’s land he had nothing but the clothes on his back. But he would not return the same way.
Laban continued to try to take from Jacob, but God simply kept giving to Jacob. When Jacob finally started his journey home, we know that he was a man of wealth.
In Genesis 31:11-13 God again spoke to Jacob; Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, ‘Jacob.’ And I said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Lift your eyes now and see, all the rams which leap on the flocks are streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.’
You see, no matter what Laban tried to do to Jacob, God blessed him. Why? Because Jacob made a vow to God to give him a tenth of all he had, and he kept that vow and God honored him and blessed him.
As you remember, Jacob called the place he made the vow, Bethel. Years later God said to him; I am the God of Bethel. I just love that! I am the God of where we first met.
What Jacob vowed to God that day, what Jacob gave to God, a portion of his increase, God became the God of and blessed it as only He can.
What do I want you to get out of this today? God has not forgotten your giving. If you are a faithful tither and giver and you think God is not blessing you, God sees. If people are stealing from you, taking from you, trying to block every step you take to success, God sees, and he will not forget what you have given to Him. He will not forget your vow to Him and He does not take lightly that you tithe when you have little to give. He does not take lightly that you give when you could be doing something else with your money. God sees, and He is making a record of it and it is causing blessings to come your way that you may not even see yet. He is your God and He will bless you. He is YOUR God and He will not forget.
Nothing and no one can stop His blessing from coming to you.
In Acts 10, Peter told Cornelius that his prayers had been heard and that his gifts and offerings were seen by God, that they had been noticed by God. If God noticed his gifts and giving, then He notices yours too. God sent someone to him because of his prayers and his gifts – how awesome is that. God sees, and He does not forget. His memory is very long. And He will repay. He will reward. You can count on it.
Prayer for today: Thank you God that YOU see all and YOU know all, You have not forgotten my prayers or my gifts, for that I give you praise. In Jesus name. Amen.