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Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your increase. So shall your barns be filled with plenty and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
As we study Proverbs, we realize this book is a guide to living a fulfilling life, a user manual! God created us, breathed life into us and through His words written by His chosen agents, we have an instruction manual on how to invest this life.
Solomon reminds us to honor God by consecrating our first fruits to Him. Why? Because He is God, our Creator, the Maker of all things, the Sustainer of life. We are called to be stewards of this sustenance and He desires our esteem.
Along with stewardship goes respect to this Giver of life. Remember your children when they were innocent and demanding and selfish? You gave them all they could ask for, and they merely wanted more. Exasperating, wasn’t it? Aren’t we as little children at times? Wanting the latest fads, hungering for more possessions, building bigger barns? But we’re not innocent. We know who holds the key to our lives. God. Our Creator.
The old adage goes, “What did you do for me today?” I think God gets tired of hearing this. Instead of offering praise and thanksgiving for our health, wealth, and lives, we murmur. We grump because Bob at work has a newer pickup truck with all the bells and whistles. We lose weight through a nutritional TV program, and then highlight the do-over with a skimpy bathing suit and dancing the side-to-side cutesy shuffle. We pray for that latest job opening, hoping we get it so we can pay off the bills. We get it and what do we do? Buy more stuff.
You know, I believe we disrespect God without realizing it. A sin of omission, perhaps? We did not think to thank God for being healthy enough to work and buy all that stuff. We take great pride in losing those ugly pounds and fitting into that “woo woo” bikini. We just “lov lov” our new car.
I think pride is showing through, don’t you? What happened to adoring the Giver of everything? He’s got the whole world in His hands, including ALL our stuff. Who needs worldly bells and whistles?