Without a Trace
Here’s an investment deal for you. Give a regular amount, say $500 a month. You will never see anything or hear anything regarding what you give, but you are guaranteed to be substantially rewarded. Does that sound good to you? Sounds like a bad hedge fund or a scam?
In Leviticus 24, the instructions given to Israel delve into some private matters. Let’s call them secret securities. The candlestick and the table of shewbread in the Tabernacle required a steady provision of pure olive oil and flour. The Israelites were expected to give to those needs. However, no Israelite except the priests would ever see the candles lit or the shewbread eaten. It took place in the Tabernacle. A few chapters earlier you read of the elaborate and generous gifts given for the Tabernacle construction. People who gave may have been able to see what came of their gifts, but not when it came to the oil and flour. They gave and never saw its usefulness.
This puts into perspective Christ’s teaching in Matthew 6, “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly” (6:3-4). Actually, Christ repeats that last phrase two more times in the chapter. Have you ever read a passage like, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)? Have you ever wondered, “If I can’t even know my own heart, how do I know the things I’ve done for God were purely motivated?” Maybe you then turn to read verses like Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 139:23-24, and 1 Corinthians 4:5 and all the good you ever have done is shrouded in mystery.
The secret security is the key to solving this mystery. Can you do something for God without leaving your fingerprint? Can you do anything for God without the need for recognition? The true test is to do God’s work in secret. Scripture tells us, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). God will “bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God” (1 Corinthians 4:5). Give without a trace and know that the secret is between you and God. He knows the intent of your heart, and He loves to reward secret securities in grand fashion one day.
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