Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
As we continue to grow in our trust of the Lord, we must surrender every part of our lives to Him, and dwell in His joy. It’s not a coincidence that much of the Bible warns us about trusting in our finances more than in God. It’s not a temptation exclusive to the wealthy, but a common distraction of our hearts whenever we are comfortable.
Moses warned Israel about this:
Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery… You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14,17)
We need to constantly ask ourselves if we are honoring the Lord with what we have. Some of us have great health, some have knowledge and education, some have power, others money and material possessions. Most of us have something we treasure. God might not call us to give it all away as Jesus asked the rich man He encountered (Mark 10:17-31), but He is certainly calling us to trust our salvation to Him, remembering as He told His disciples: “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:27 NLT)
Questions for reflection and discussion: What is something you have that you could surrender to the Lord? How are the things you treasure bringing honor and glory to God?