Charles Stanley (March-19-2020) Daily Devotional: The Key to Financial Blessing.
Most of us would love our own personal financial advisor to help us navigate unexpected expenses and economic turns. And according to the prophet Malachi, we do have one—almighty God.
Like all good financial advisors, God has a plan for our money, but His plan is superior to any man-made one: “You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord” (Ex. 23:19). In offering the first of our earnings, we acknowledge that God is the source of everything and we are completely dependent upon Him. Believers in the Old Testament set aside a tithe—10%—of all that the Lord generously gave. And keeping that portion for oneself, according to the book of Malachi, was equivalent to robbing the almighty God of what rightly belongs to Him (Mal. 3:8).
The Lord doesn’t need our money, but He knows that we need to give. Doing so with a generous and willing heart displays the character of Christ in our life and is a way to worship and honor Him. Remember, Jesus is a giver who gave His life for our salvation. You can never out-give your loving heavenly Father.