*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
2 Sam 24:24 *And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
A major hallmark of people who give by revelation is that they do not offer God what will cost them nothing.
People who, by things God had revealed to them, people who know God by His revealed will evident in their lives count their blessing not their cost when it comes to giving God.
What will cost them or what they will suffer in order to give God will never matter to them.
We must all pray to attain this level with God. There is a point where God accepts and remembers an offering.
He accepted and remembered Abel's offering, He warned of rejecting offerings, Amos 5::22.
As far as people like David are concerned, God is priceless. At that point of making that crucial decision, God must increase while they decrease, ref John 3:30.
When it comes to giving, God is not tasking or burdensome, and neither is He overburdensome.
There are three aspects of God as regards giving.
First, He can request giving, Exd 25:2:
*Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.*
Second, He can leave the act of giving to the discretion of the giver, 2 Cor 9:7 *Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.*
Third, He can live independently sustainable, He says in Psalm 50:10-12: *For every beast of the forest is mine, And the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: And the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.*
In addition, there are people who seek and give by revelation. They first ask like in. Ps 116:12 *What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?*
Araunah suggested an offering to please David's emotions. Araunah suggested that David *".....take and offer up what seemeth good unto him:..."*, 2 Sam 22:22.
This tells us that people can give based on their emotions. They can give "the convenient way."
David did not agree with Araunah.
Oftentimes, if not all times, Heaven evaluates our offering by the sacrifice behind it.
Some give out of their abundance. It is welcome.
However, a poor widow gave, and Jesus had respect for her offering. The poor woman, as a widow, would have had no source of income after her husband’s death.
Jesus said in spite of her impending lack, she *"....cast in all that she had, even all her living."* Mark 12:41-44.
Emotions will tell you that you do not have enough, or you could not give out of the abundance of what you have.
Whichever way, be guided by 2 Cor 9:7.
Those who, however, give through revelation remember great things God had done for them. Their giving are very sacrificial.
Whichever social status they find themselves, either as king David, Solomon, or the poor widow, they do not mind what they will go through financially afterward.
The woman with the alabaster oil could have sold her rather expensive perfume, but she poured the ointment on Jesus' body, and she did it for His burial, Matt 26:6-13.
This sacrifice touched God's heart greatly.
Give by revelation.
Emotions may betray you and may prevent you from giving what will touch God's heart.
Emotions betray, but God's revelations of Himself to you do not.
Do you give by emotions or revelation?
Think about what God has done and think of what might have been if not for God.
Do this before you give.
*Call to Word action.*
A giving by revelations tells God you have acknowledged and surrendered that He owns all things.
Solomon"s giving was an acknowledgment that God is of *"....great mercy....."* This drove him to do more than he should do in order to receive from Him, 1 Kgs 3:1-14.
God rewarded him by appearing to him!
*The Christian clarion duty.*
David's offering put an end to God's anger over the nation. What would have happened if he had given something to please his emotions rather than the revelational knowledge of God that he had.
David said, *"....his mercies are great:..."*, 2 Sam 24:14.
Lord, help me to remember your benefits toward me before l give to You, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today
God bless you.