Day 265

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Nehemiah 8:13-10:39 (NIV)

Mario Ross, Elder

Specifically Chapter 10:37-39 “We will not neglect the house of our God”

As I read my assigned scripture, I was reminded of my own personal journey with the Lord. I, like the Israelites, knew of God, but ran away from Him and lived a sinful life. Lucky for all of us, God is forgiving, gracious and compassionate–slow to anger and abounding in love. The second thing that jumped out at me was about tithing and how everything about this principle was to ensure the support of the house of God and His workers.

Many years ago, I remember Pastor Scott teaching about tithing. As I listened to his words, I struggled with the idea of giving 10% of my gross income. As the Holy Spirit was working with my issues, I called my Dad and told him my feelings, and he asked me, “Do you trust me?” I said yes. He then said, “You trust me, your earthly father who makes mistakes, has shortcomings and sins, so my question for you is this: How can you not trust your Heavenly Father? Son, you cannot out-give GOD. Trust Him, He will provide all your needs.”

I can tell you, one of my last things to release to God was my wallet. But I did after reading 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

It has been a long time that we have been tithing; we do it joyfully and God has always provided for all our needs. Thank you Lord for ALL your blessings in our lives.

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3 responses »

  1. Father, thank You that You are a forgiving, compassionate, gracious Father. I have gone my own way so many times BUT every time You are there to redirect me. As Your people were convicted and redirected as Ezra read them Your Law, I realize that it is only through my daily communion with You and Your Word that I have any hope of following You. Our culture is so skilled at drawing us away and luring us into false hope. All I have has been given is by Your hand; my home, my food, my children, my friendships, everything. It, now, seems like a small gesture to bring my tithe to You through my church for Your work here in our corner of the world. And though it is a pittance compared to some, You can and will do mighty things with it. All for Your Kingdom! Amen

  2. “We are in deep trouble. Because of all this we are drawing up a binding pledge, a sealed document signed by our princes, our Levites, and our priests.” – Nehemiah 9:37-38

    It is a powerful thing to sign your name to an important document. It “seals the deal.” It means you are agreeing to everything that is written. When we bought our house, we signed pages and pages of papers that were legally binding. There would be serious consequences if we failed to comply with the contract. In today’s reading, the returning exiles had rediscovered the laws of Moses and their hearts were stricken with repentance and a renewed commitment to God. They not only vowed to change their ways and reestablish worship in the Temple, they put their promises into writing and signed their names. We live in a world of broken promises….from marriages to world peace agreements…from saying “I’ll be there” to our children (& failing) to “I’ll pray for you” to our friends (& forgetting). Oh Lord, help us follow through with our good intentions and promises today, mentally “signing our name” with You as a witness.

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