5 Things You Should Know About Money: Part 2

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Third, the ability and opportunity to make money comes from God. We learn this from verse 12 as well when it says, “…and you reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all”.  Once again we are reminded of how blessed we are to be able to earn money. We are blessed to even have opportunities to earn money. Both of these things come from God. We ought to recognize them as blessings from God and make the most of both our ability, and opportunities to earn money. The next time you have to do anything with regards to giving, earning, spending or saving money, remember where this ability and opportunity came from and thank God! When a person is convinced that they are responsible for what they have they are usually very selfish and ungodly in their use of money. (Luke 12:15-21)

Fourth, it is a privilege to give to God. We learn this from verse 14 which says, “but who am I, and who are my people that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You”.  Isn’t it amazing that we are able to give to God? David was awe struck and filled with praise due to the fact that he and Israel were able to give to God. Today many people don’t view giving to God in this way. Sometimes they are reluctant to give God money. Other times they are proud that they gave God money. Neither one of these mindsets are godly. It is a privilege to be able to give money to God! What is your mindset when you write out your checks or order your bank to pay your tithes and offerings? You should consider it a privilege to give to God. In light of who God is, being in need of nothing, and in light of who you are, being so sinful, it is a privilege to be one of those cheerful givers that God loves.

Fifth, whatever we give God comes from God. We learn this from verse 16 which says, “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own”. You have never given God anything that He doesn’t own. You have never given God anything that He hadn’t first given to you. The lesson here is a simple one. People who give God money should be the most humble people on the planet. Why? Because they are only giving God what He has already given them. There is no room for pride or carnal boasting. As well, this should shed new and convicting light on those who do not give. It would be one thing if they with held from God something that wasn’t His. But, what is it that we have that doesn’t ultimately belong to God? The answer is nothing! Therefore, when we don’t give to God we are exhibiting the height of selfishness. As well, we are guilty of violating the 8th  commandment, you shall not steal, and the 10th commandment, you shall not covet. Remember, when the time comes to give to God you are only giving to God what He has already given to you.