by Tom Manning
Giving as we are able . . . what a wonderfully freeing thought. No heavy-handed, guilt-riddled arm twisting . . . but giving as we are able. Notice, however, that even as we are "freed" we are compelled. We see that, "Every man shall give [emphasis added]." But, even as we must give, nowhere in Scripture do we see God extracting gifts from unwilling hearts; we all know that quite the opposite is true. God wants gifts from joyful hearts (II Corinthians 9:7). He knows that we will have joyful hearts as we realize that all we have and are has come "according to the blessing of the LORD (our) God" (text).
It seems to me, then, that one of God's tests of our hearts is in how and what we give from what He has given us. Many of us pass that test well as we give a portion of His blessing that has come through wages, salaries, bonuses—even an inheritance. But, how well are we giving from the "blessing" evident in the phenomenal growth of assets that many of us have experienced these past years as the stock market has "soared"? (Keep in mind "soaring" of Proverbs 23:5.)
It is my experience that God's faithful have no trouble gifting a portion of His blessing when they sell an appreciated asset, but what about the growth that is not sold? Does God's blessing become His provision when we decide to use it, or as He provides the increase?
If you are among those who have seen your riches increase, and have yet to demonstrate your thankfulness to God for His blessing, won't you consider doing so now?
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Cite this article: Tom Manning. 1999. Deuteronomy 16:17. Acts & Facts. 28 (10).