Honor the Lord with your wealth. Proverbs 3:9
I think I was in sixth grade when I gave my dad one of the worst Christmas gifts I have ever given him. He wore a suit and tie to work each day, so when I saw the motorized tie rack at the store I knew it was just what he needed. This would give him the competitive edge to continue his ascent up the corporate ladder. While others were wasting seconds (maybe even tens of seconds) trying to find the perfect tie, my dad would already be putting his suit jacket on.
One of the things that stands out to me as an adult is that the money I used to buy my dad’s gift was money that was given to me by him. There was likely some sort of agreement that made me feel like it was something I had earned, but in the end I’m certain it was more than I deserved to receive for whatever terms had been established.
Today’s verse reminds me that to this day I receive more than I deserve. All of creation exists because God desired it to be so. This means that everything belongs to God.
Today was given to us by God and tomorrow isn’t promised. How will we use this day?
The money we have was entrusted to us by God. How will we spend it?
Let us give honor to God today by ensuring that the gift does not eclipse the giver.