The devil does not want us to use our wealth to build God’s house or sponsor the gospel of Jesus Christ. He wants to divert our resources elsewhere, just like how he distracted the children of Israel by instigating them to build a golden calf as Moses was receiving God’s instructions to build the tabernacle (Exod. 32:1–4).
Instead, God wants us to sow our money into good ground—gospel ground. The ground that God wants us to sow into during times of famine might not look like good ground in the natural, but we need to go by faith and not by sight. Practically, we can do this by tithing to our local church for the advancement of the gospel. When we align ourselves with God’s plans in these end times, we position ourselves to experience the transfer of wealth.
When you tithe, you break your love for money. And God promises that when you tithe, you will be blessed with such an abundance that you won’t have enough room to store it (Mal. 3:10)! It is important that we tithe with a revelation. Our tithes should be out of worship to God, knowing that He is the source of our wealth and the One who supplies everything in our lives.
In addition to tithing ten percent of your income, ask God where else you can sow your money. We must always be planting seeds for a harvest. Just like how a farmer sows because he desires to receive a bountiful harvest, we can believe God for great returns when we choose to sow into the areas He leads us to. Even if you can’t see the results immediately, know that there will always be a harvest greater than what you have sown.
Your Good Shepherd will provide and take care of all your needs
As you sow, God can bless you financially through different areas, e.g. your job, investments, etc. But do not look to these things as your source of blessings. They are simply channels that God uses to bless you! Our provision comes from God. The Bible does not tell us to work to get money but to work unto the Lord, knowing we will receive the reward of our inheritance from Him (Col. 3:23–24).
There may be critics who come against this teaching about God’s provision, but we need to stand firm and believe from Scripture that it is God’s heart to provide for us. As we step days of greater economic instability in the world, we can feel tempted to turn to worldly methods to get quick monetary returns. But God wants us to see Him as the source of our supply. This is why God wants us to tithe and give to others generously—so that we not only break the love of money, but also position our hearts to expect His provisions in our lives.
OWN THE WORD (life application)
“There was a famine in the land . . . Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.”
—Genesis 26: 1, 12–13 NKJV
Is there an area of lack in your life? Has the news about the economy been worrying you? Beloved, fear not. Your heavenly Father’s heart is to provide you with more than enough—so much that you can be a blessing to others!
Perhaps there are overwhelming financial demands in your life and you find it difficult to believe God for a breakthrough. Will you take time this week to read the story of Isaac in Genesis 26? Let this story encourage you as you see God’s heart to provide for you in times of lack.
Also, allow your heart to be open to where the Lord is leading you to sow your money into so that you reap a bountiful harvest. Before Isaac prospered, he sowed into a land that seemed to be dry and barren, yet he reaped a hundredfold.
Perhaps you sense the Lord leading you to tithe to your local church, or He has stirred a desire in your heart to sow into advancing the gospel or giving generously to someone. While in the natural, you may feel like you don’t even have enough for yourself or sowing into other things like investments is more likely to yield a return, will you consider listening to the Lord’s prompting? Take that step of faith and trust in God’s ways, not the world’s ways. He is setting you up to reap a great harvest—a good measure of His blessings overflowing in your life (Luke 6:38)!
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