OYB January 29

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Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 8-9
NT: Matthew 19:13-30
Ps: Psalm 24
Pr: Proverbs 6:1-5

Today´s notable verse:

But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.

Exodus 9:16 (NIV)

God, through Moses, spoke these words to Pharaoh, whose heart was unyielding to the will of God; how much more, then, do these words apply to those of us who love Him? In Pharaoh's case, God demonstrated His power to and against Pharaoh. Praise God that, for those of us who love Him, He demonstrates His power through us!

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 19:29 (NIV)

Maybe I'm exaggerating when I think that I have given up some of these things for Christ's sake; but the greatest desire of my heart has always been to be a husband and a father. Words can't express how happy I was to have in my life the woman I considered to be my future wife - and to consider her daughter my future daughter; nor how humbled and blessed I was to consider that God would so richly bless me. But I know that I'm pursuing God's will for my life with all my heart, and in doing so, God will be faithful to give me the desires of my heart - desires that I know come from Him (Psalm 37:4). God's will for my life is so much more important than even these desires, and I will continue to pursue the Giver of my heart's desire, rather than those desires themselves. I know it's nowhere near what the 12 disciples endured, but in my own way, I can empathize.

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Based on the Proverbs verses going into debt, does anyone have debt-relief resources, websites or books you could share with everyone in the Comments section below? ...I've often heard that it is wise to tithe 10% of income and save 10% of income with each check that comes in. What's your reaction to this type of formula?

Being an engineer-type, I'm all for formulas; however, I believe God is Lord of our hearts, not our calculators. Certainly, the tithe is a well-established principle (and one to which I can attest personally); however, our giving (and our financial management in general) must come from a right attitude.

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

II Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV)

If we tithe or otherwise give out of a sense of "duty" or "following the formula" rather than out of a desire to bless the Lord who has provided for our needs, then what blessing will we receive from our giving?

But in answer to your question: yes, giving first to God, then setting aside some form of savings/investment, is wise. I'm starting a Community Life group on Finances at my church this week, based on Crown Financial Ministries resources, so I may have more to say on the topic over the next 12 weeks.

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4 Responses to “OYB January 29”
  1. Jayne says:

    So I have to wonder if God just decided that He didn’t like Pharaoh? It just seems so opposite that God would continue to harden someone’s heart, even if He is proving who He is.

    It’s as if Pharaoh never had a chance to follow God, because he was always being forced against Him.

    I’m hung up on this. It’s confusing me. 🙂

  2. cb says:

    I think God respects our free will with respect to whether or not we accept Him. I think God, in His omniscience, knew that Pharaoh had decided to reject God, therefore God allowed Pharaoh to reject him.

    In other words, God hardened Pharaoh’s heart because Pharaoh wanted to, and did, harden his own heart.

  3. Mom says:

    Consider: it’s ALL God’s. He allows use to use the “stuff” of this world. (From Aunt Trish’s famous Stuff and Junk Theory). It’s not always easy, we work hard, enjoy the “fruits of our labor”, but, ultimately, it’s all His.

    Sometimes it’s hard to let go when we think about “how much of our stuff” we want to give to God (time, money, etc.) It helps to acknowledge that it’s not really “ours”.

    Might be nteresting to consider what God thinks of what our government does with His money.

    Love you,
    Mom

  4. cb says:

    This whole topic is going to be further developed in a soon-to-come “Financial Stewardship” category as I progress through the Crown Financial Ministries study in my Community Life group.

    RE: government use of God’s mondy –

    Another good reason for Christians NOT to shy away from the political realm. WE are the government, and for those whom God would place in positions of power, and to make decisions, we must be stewards of God’s money that He gives to the goverment.