Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
All Promises Fulfilled
In today’s text we find a promise similar to the one given in Malachi 3:10 “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
Many times we give God the leftovers of our days. Maybe it’s because we don’t really believe what God’s word says. I mean, after all, there are a lot of poor Christians… Are they all not giving God their first fruits?
Well it may be true that we do not give to the Lord as we ought but I want us to take a look at something Paul says. In 2nd Corinthians 8 and 9 he has been speaking about the ways God fills our barns and vats in this life on earth for his glory… and strangely it seems that if we are poor we may still remain so. These are some of my favorite verses. You see, God’s economy uses heavenly math… It’s a kind of miracle math. I encourage you to read chapter 8 and 9 but here’s what Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Here’s another way to look at this verse which I believe is scriptural. Hebrews 11 speaks of believers who were tortured, imprisoned, stoned… even sawed in two… Some wandering about and living in dens and caves. It points them out as good examples for us. And we know, Christians still suffer today.
Are all Gods promises tethered and restricted to our short time on earth?
Hebrews 11 answers this question. After speaking of all the trials and woes of believers it says this:
Hebrews 11:39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
In this life the heroes of our faith received peace and amazing joy in Christ and God blessed them in great ways so they could bless others… but they still had the accompanying pains and woes that coexist with a broken world. Now they have died but they are waiting for us to join them so as the scripture says “that apart from us they should not be made perfect”.
Yes, one day all our barns will be filled with plenty and our vats bursting with wine and we will experience it with believers all together in the kingdom of God. Until then we have the Holy Spirit as a down payment which brings us peace, joy, power over sin... the same power that raised Jesus from the grave along guidance in all things.
2nd Corinthians 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,”