What are you thankful for?

Focal Passages: Malachi 3:6-12, 1 Chronicles 29
Life Question: Why should I develop the discipline of giving and what should I be thankful for?
Biblical Truth: God expects His people to be disciplined in giving because in reality, God is the source of all blessings.

Why do we stress over money? Is it because we are not disciplined in money management and spend more on our wants and therefore not have enough left for our needs?

In Malachi it says that the Israelites were withholding the tithes and offerings and thus they were robbing God. The Israelites knew the commandments, but they had not kept them. Isn't that true of us today? We know what the Bible says and what God expects of us. But are we obeying Him?

The practice of tithing demonstrates (1) an act of obedience (2) God owns everything; we are merely stewards of what He has entrusted in us, (3) faith in God as our Provider, trusting HIm to meet our needs.

God wants giving not to be merely the fulfillment of an obligation but an expression of worship, faith, and love.

In 1 Chronicles 29, we find David giving thousands of tons of silver, gold, iron, bronze, and precious jewels to complete the building of the temple. He knew he was not going to get the build the temple even though he had been preparing for years to do so. Yet he rejoiced in giving to the Lord and worshipping Him. David wrote a lot of the Psalms as a way of giving thanks for all God has done for him even when he went through disappointments.

The closer we get to God, the more freely we will give to God; our money, time, talents, praise, and thanksgiving.

Are we good stewards of all God has given us?

What are you thankful for?

Count your many blessings, see what God has done.