Proverbs 3: King James Bible
Do we Honor God? – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter three, Verses 9-10
9 Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Do we honor God?
Have you ever had a desire in your heart to Honor the Lord, but didn’t have a clue how you could do so? Well, King Solomon tells us one way to do just that. He gives us 2 different methods to honor him to be more specific.
- Substance – (wealth, sufficiency)
- First fruits of increase – (beginning, chief)
Our wealth could certainly mean money, but it’s use here should be so much deeper than finance. Our substance doesn’t consist of what we make, it consists of what we have. It’s important to understand the difference between the two.
So with that understanding, do we honor the Lord with what we have? When weighed in the balance, would we be found guilty of using the very blessings of the Lord against he who gave them in the first place?
Some serious things to consider as we look around us to see all of our stuff. Getting in close to the Father about this may just result in some much needed change in your walk with him.
Concerning first fruits… The way I believe this is to be understood, is best described as an example. That being, say you get a raise. The first check that you get after the raise has been added to your pay, would reflect an increase, right?
That first check would contain the first fruits of your increase. If your raise worked out to be an additional $50.00 a week, That fifty bucks would be the “fruit of your increase.”
If you want to honor the Lord, take that first increase amount (whatever it is) and give it to the Lord, however you and he has worked out. Not for every check to follow, but the “first fruits” would be that first check.
Most people do this in order to receive the promises that follow. I’d say that’s the wrong heart, done in the wrong spirit. Do it to honor the Father, not to stick your hand back out.
Concerning the promises that follow…
This is a two part action plan, not just one. It says “Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase.” That little “and” word tells us this is not an either/or situation.
If we’d like our proverbial barns filled with plenty, then both need to be fulfilled in order to reap the benefit of this promise from the Lord.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 15: King James Bible
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
Luke 15: King James Bible
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
Hebrews 10: King James Bible
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
We want to honor you, and it is clear to us that you tell us how to do that. Help us to better understand the substance that we have, and tell us how it can be used for your glory and honor. Keep us mindful of your wonderful promises, and should there be any increase, please give us clear direction as to what you want done with it, as it is yours. In the mighty name of the Lord Jesus we pray.
With all that’s around us, do we honor God?