And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
Thoughts for Today:A man and I were discussing what it means to be a Christian recently when the topic of giving came up. Just the mention of the word giving ignited a lengthy tirade which was summed up when he said, "The only thing churches are after is money." Unfortunately, I have seen this attitude often, so I asked, "Do you think God, the Creator of the universe needs money? Do you think He's broke and if you don't give then His work won't get done?"
The answer to this question is in our passage today, "He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else." I have always found it odd this perception that our great and mighty God, who gives us everything, would be reduced to begging for money on Sunday morning; as if our money mattered all that much. So if God doesn't need our money, then why does He ask for a tithe?
Most of you know that giving is a heart issue. Who has your heart? The world with its insatiable wants, needs and desires; or the Lord who is the ultimate Provider? In whom or what do you place your trust?
Questions to Ponder:What is your attitude about giving? Do you give to the Lord first then spend whatever is left, or is the order reversed? What does your giving say about your heart? God doesn't need or want your money, rather He wants a relationship with you. Do you truly and completely trust in God the Provider? What step(s) can you take today to demonstrate our trust in God as your provider?