Monday, January 30, 2012

Exodus 36-38

Daily Reading
Daily Thought

So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, "Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary." So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more (Exodus 36:6-7).  We receive offering at the end of each Sunday service.  I have yet to make the same announcement Moses just made.  Enough already!  Stop giving.

It is time to build the tabernacle.  Something changed in the Israelites, because their whining hearts became willing hearts and they "kept bringing Moses freewill offerings every morning."  So much so, that Moses had to put a stop to it.  When God's people know God is behind something, they are generous indeed.  I'm impressed with the people, but also with Moses.  He was seeking to glorify God, so he wasn't after the wealth of the people, but their hearts.  And that was delivered in abundance.  

"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." ~2Corinthians 9:7  

Daily Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your abounding grace toward me.  May I return my thanks to You with glad heart and an open wallet.  I pray for a thankful heart that is displayed in a cheerful generosity.  You have called us to love others with the same love we have for You.  May my love be one of action, demonstrating itself in service and compassion.  


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