Easy Come. Willingly Give.
Many believers have faced great trials. They have faced financial uncertainty, failing health, or even fatal loss. This is the unfortunate consequence of living in a world cursed with man’s own rebellion. As severe as those trials are, often the most difficult tests to pass are not when something is taken from us, but when something is given to us.
It may defy reason to say Psalm 68:19 presents the greatest test. “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits, Even the God of our salvation.” Let us use the Israelites as our example. As they were evacuating Egypt, the people spoiled the earthly treasures of the Egyptians. In an attempt to appease the Lord of Israel, the Egyptians gladly parted with ornate gifts. This was something God designed to happen and he even included it in His detail plan to Moses. The Israelites were going to leave with Egypt’s riches. Why? There are two passages which illuminate the reason.
In Exodus 32, the impatience of the people translated into idolatry and the “benefits” from God were wasted on a golden calf. God’s blessings were inappropriately lavished upon their own idolatrous imaginations instead of waiting for the opportunity to worship God through their offering. They indulged their own fancies. Then in Exodus 25, we learn of God’s intention for His blessing. “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering” (Exodus 25:2). Once the people realized the joy of giving and the reason for God’s blessing, they could not give enough. The people gave so willingly, Moses gave a commandment to restrain the people from giving (Exodus 36:6)!
Hence, the greatest test is not a matter of losing something, but of giving everything. In order to pass this test, we must remind ourselves of the reason God blesses us. Your value of salvation is reflected in your stewardship of God’s daily blessing.
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