“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…” Ps.24:1; and out of that which God has given us, God tells us to bring not give him from that he has blessed us with. Can one afford to give anything to THE owner of everything in this World? No. We only bring back to God tithes and offerings as an act of faith and thanksgivings to God.
It is noteworthy to learn that ‘in the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord’ and it was rejected by God. In the process of time brings to mind a situation where a person receives an income and first addresses personal issues; and thereafter bring some money before God as a tithe. In the eyes of God, this is robbery for the Word of God instructs us ‘…bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house’ Malachi 3:10. I have grown to learn that whenever one receives a blessing from God; at the same time one’s faithfulness to God is being put to a test. Bringing the whole tithe back to God is an act of Faith; and in obedience, we see the faithfulness of God.
Abel’s offering was accepted for he brought his best before the Lord God. God says ‘… bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God’ Exodus 23:19. Do we honor God with first fruits or products from the land? The Word of God says, ‘Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine’ Proverbs 3:9
Is God first in your life? Let him also be first in your finances.