OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR JULY 19, 2022 (HONOUR GOD)
TOPIC : HONOUR GOD
MEMORISE: 1 Samuel 2:30
“Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now the LORD saith, be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
READ: Proverbs 3:9-10 (KJV)
9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
In Mathematics, there is something we call Newton’s law of motion. A part of it states that for every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, whatever you sow, you will reap. Your behavior will determine what God will do in response. That is why the Bible reading today says you should honour the Lord with your substance and then God will respond with so many blessings that your barn would burst out. Giving God offerings, giving Him your first fruit, that is, your first income in the year, is a sign to show Him that you honour Him. When you give it to Him, He is pleased with you and will respond by honoring you too.
The quality of your offering is also a sign that shows God, whether you honour Him or not. If a beggar should ask you for money, you may give him the smallest note in your pocket but if it is a wealthy man who asks you for money, you give him the highest because you are not giving it to help him, but rather to honour him. God knows how much money you have. He is the One who gave it to you in the first place. The quality of the offering you give Him out of your substance will tell Him whether you honour Him or not. Believe me honestly, God pays close attention to the offering that you give. If you don’t believe me, read Mark 12:41-44. He sat and was watching as everyone brought their offerings to the offering basket. As He watched them, He also scored them and the fellow who got the highest score was a poor widow, because she gave all she had – she honoured God. When God scores your offering, will He feel honoured or despised by what you are giving to Him?
Beloved, don’t ever do anything that can make God feel despised. The Most High God is not one to toy with at all. He may be a lamb, but He is also a lion. (1 Samuel 2:7) says:
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifted up.
As we like to say in Nigeria, the one who made the pencil also made the eraser. The One who made you rich can also make you poor. The One who lifted you can also bring you low. You must therefore, run away from anything that can make you despise or dishonor Him.
Father, whatever I can do to dishonor You, don’t let me ever do it Lord.
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Psalms 125 – 131
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