March 15 | Daily Devotion

strong>Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“[The Lord] brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” ~Deuteronomy 26:10

God’s people are getting ready to enter a land flowing with milk and honey, and Moses returns again to the theme of tithing. He repeats the instructions related to the tithe, the practice of giving 10-percent of one’s income/harvest/etc., for a very good reason. Giving is one way the worshipping community acknowledges that all blessings come from God. Moreover, as Deuteronomy 26 reveals, the act of giving is an act of worship for the Israelites. When the worshipper brings his tithe, he recounts the story of his forefathers, saying, “My father had nothing, but You chose him and all his people to be Yours. You brought us out of a land of slavery into a land of plenty and gave us everything we have” (Deut. 26:5-10, paraphrase).

The recitation does not end there, but the next appeal to God runs contrary to the way some Christians think (and talk) about blessing. The worshipper asks God to continue blessing His people: “Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Deut. 26:15).

If you have not made a commitment to tithe, you are missing out on blessing. I highly commend the practice to you because it is a win-win-win, God is glorified, lives are changed through the ministry of the church, and you are blessed!   At least start somewhere, perhaps by giving a smaller percentage, and grow your giving until you are tithing. And when you do give, offer your portion as an act of worship. Acknowledge that everything accounted to you has come from God’s hand. You are giving out of the abundance that God has provided for you.

As you give your offering in worship, do not be afraid to ask God to look down from heaven and bless you. He delights in blessing His people! He loves to hear His people come before Him in humility and seek His grace in faith. May God be glorified; may the fame of His name be proclaimed. And may God’s generous wor