Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened_
burnt offerings and sin offerings
you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.” (Psalms 40:6-8)
For as long as there have been churches in America, there have been preachers standing In the pulpit asking you to give, “Your blessing is just around the corner”. They use the same
phrases every time to give you the idea that you are giving to get.
I am not minimizing the importance of giving to God but when we give with the intention of getting more back
we might as well be dealing in the stock market. God certainly provides all our needs but He does not need our money, He wants our devotion, our service and our complete trust in Him and not His provision.
Many of us give our money in much the same attitude that we pay our taxes…begrudgingly! If God needed your money He might find some kind of pleasure however, God desires a willing heart full of love and completely devoted.
We have all heard of the “gold-diggers” who marry a rich man for his money. How demeaning to treat God as if He were a “sugar-daddy” who gets only what we begrudgingly have to give.
The man who marries for love desires to give His bride everything that is his to share in his life. Would God be any less eager to give to His bride? God wants us to respond when He says “Honey, I’m home!”
with eagerness and expectation. It is the rare couple we see that is wholly devoted to each other for their whole lives 50, 60 or even 70 years. God wants us to give Him our best for eternity, not just the first few months.
We must begin to see our love for God as a marriage that is intended to last for eternity, loving, giving, and responding to each other, not because it is a requirement but because it pleases both our
hearts to do so. God is patiently waiting for us to change our mind (repent) and come to Him as the Groom we always wanted. He has all the time there is to wait, we have only what our devotion will permit, whether that is until our job runs out,
or an eternity of give and take! When God is the love of your life, you will never begrudge Him all you have.