by Pastor Mark Jordan
Proverbs 3:6 (TLB) | “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
This week we finish our Extravagant Generosity emphasis at The Well. I adapted an acrostic from Rev. Rick Warren to help us think about how best to put and keep God FIRST in our lives. This is important, because of what we read in Proverbs 3:6, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success” (TLB).
The ‘F’ in our acrostic relates to our finances. I know this can be kind of dicey for some, but it really is true. I can think back to times when God was first in my finances and times when I was first. There is no comparison! It might seem counterintuitive, but that’s where God works the best.
Malachi 3:10 tells us to “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there will be food enough in my Temple; if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! “Try it! Let me prove it to you!” (TLB) The tithe, which means the first 10%, given to God is a blessing. But get this…the 10% isn’t just what gets blessed, nor the 90%…because God blesses EVERYTHING! And when we trust God with our 10%, then all the storehouses in the world cannot contain the blessing.
Put God FIRST in your finances and see what happens. Trust Him with it. Beyond that, test Him in it. He will bless your socks off, I promise!
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me the times I haven’t trusted you with my finances first. Help me to trust as I test you in this blessed promise. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.