Daily Devotions

Give God your best

January 13, 2018

“I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.”     2Sa 24:24 NLT

 

Instead of trusting God for victory over his enemies, David decided of his own volition to count the number of troops in his army to see how strong he was. God considered it “a slap in the face,” and a plague hit Israel that wiped out seventy thousand people. In order to stop the plague, David was told: “Build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite” (v.18 NLT). When Araunah realized what was happening, he offered his threshing floor and oxen to David free of charge. But David said: “‘No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.’ So David paid him fifty pieces of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen. David built an altar there to the Lord and sacrificed the burnt offerings and peace offerings. And the Lord answered his prayer…and the plague on Israel was stopped” (vv. 24-25 NLT). The old Anglo-Saxon word for worship is worth-ship, which is the act of ascribing worth or value to a person or object. What’s the point? It’s this: When it comes to serving God, if it doesn’t cost—it doesn’t count! God knows we can’t all give the same amount. But what He’s asking for isn’t equal giving, but equal sacrifice! The Bible says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything” (Pr 3:9 NLT). So whether you’re worshiping, serving, or giving, make sure you’re giving God your best.

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account_circle Christine Chela

Amen! Thank you for this great piece.

account_circle Barbara McKee

Thank you. Great advice

account_circle Marie Arrington

So many times I have failed to give God my BEST it seems... And that I repent! After all, I realize He ALWAYS gives us His BEST because He knows exactly what we stand in need of!! I have joined the Fast here for several years now and it is always a very special time to me. I have had many prayer requests answered as a result of these Fasts!! This year I have already received a long time prayer request answered!!! I thank God that He is in the process of restoring the relationship between myself and my youngest daughter!!! I had reached out to her on several occasions with no results that I could tell. For the first time in almost a year now she reached out to me this morning!!!! I am so happy I just have to share this and Praise God for it!!! We serve an Awesomely amazing loving God!!!