GPS Guide – November 11, 2019
FIRSTFRUITS – OUR BEST
Read: Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine. (NIV)
Study: Where do we start with these two verses? At initial glance, these verses seem to be a simple formula on how to amass wealth for oneself. If you honor God with your wealth, then your barns will be filled with plenty and vats will be bursting with wine. If you don’t, then your barns won’t be filled, and your vats won’t be bursting. Simple, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. We do an injustice to the whole of Scripture when we read a part of it in isolation from the whole. So how are we to read this text? First off, we learn that the point of our money is to honor God. We can honor many things with our money. More often than not, it’s ourselves we seek to honor with our wealth. Here, the writer of Proverbs teaches us that the best way to use our wealth is for God and for things that glorify Him and not us. Our lives are to be lived in light of a grander scheme. Christians should view and spend money in a different manner than the world! What does your budget say about what you honor the most?
Prayer. Lord, I honor you with my money. You have given me all that I hold on to. Now I turn it over to you. Amen.