Morning Thought: In Exodus 25:1-9, Moses called for an offering to build the tabernacle. In light of God’s glorious visitation on Mount Sinai, the people still had to give to build God’s house. Yahweh was not going to do this part for them. The Lord said, “Let them construct a sanctuary for me, that I may dwell among them” (Exo. 25:8). Yahweh didn’t use miraculous manna to construct God’s sanctuary; pennies didn’t fall from heaven. People had to give. Their hearts, souls and finances had to be personally invested in God’s house.
Despite all their disobedience in the wilderness, they knew enough to give generously. They didn’t hold back. In Exodus 36:1-7, we read that they gave so much that Moses restrained them from giving more. This was a sign of their repentance for funding and worshipping the Golden Calf (Exo. 32). They were forgiven; God had not completely wiped them off the face of the earth. And so they showed their gratitude and love through what they gave.
In the same way, we show our love for God by giving – not just our time and help, but giving money and material substance. The purpose of all this giving is to host God’s presence on earth and preach his message. God’s way has not changed. Let’s be faithful and consistent in giving in tithes and offerings.