December 11, 2018 Daily Devotional
Read: Exodus 35
“Thus every man and woman of the people of Israel whose heart impelled him to contribute to any of the work Adonai had ordered through Moses brought it to Adonai as a voluntary offering.” (Exodus 35:29 CJSB)
Always remember God had provided for the recently liberated Israelites. Hundreds of years prior, God informed Abraham of His plan to decimate the Egyptian economy. Moses was also told of God’s plans. Slaves do not possess great net wealth. Bondsmen and bondswomen do not have stored up vast amounts of equity. The Israelites saw their empty hands filled with God’s gold, silver, and precious stones He had entrusted to the Egyptians. When God requested them to bring a freewill offering, those who held the new found riches with a miserly closeness saw their gold, silver, and precious stones mutate into wood, hay, and stubble. Only the pre-thrice-visited Ebenezer’s among us believe the riches they possess are as a result of personal efforts. Yet Christmas morning Scrooge’s know all their wealth is to be shared, because their wealth has, is, and always will be gifts to be willingly bestowed. Ninety percent is not yours, any more than ten percent is God’s. One hundred percent is God’s. We must ask God what is needed to advance His will. We do not determine the offering any more than we have manifested the provision. So pray. Then give.
Today's Meditation: Freely we have received. Freely we give.
Look to the East,