In Proverbs 3:5, 6 we read, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Just a few verses later, we read, “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9, 10).
The bottom line is this: if I can trust God with my eternal soul, then surely I can trust Him with my temporal stuff. As it comes to this matter of trust, our priorities must first be in proper order. We know that our Lord is indeed trustworthy and reliable. His purposes and promises are the highest and holiest of all, and He has no ulterior motive. He desires our full trust and complete commitment.
We are all prone to lean unto our own understanding. We think we can figure out a better way for us sooner or later. However, God admonishes us not to lean or rely upon our own reasoning. We simply need to trust God. There should be no areas of our lives where we shut God out and this includes our finances.
There is no denying that the measure of our trust is always evidenced by the management of our treasures. To “honour” the Lord is to show respect to Him through the wise management of His resources. We recognize that all we have comes from the Lord and we must steward all we have for the advancement of His work on earth.
Will you trust the Lord and commit yourself to obedience in honoring Him as you return the tithe and give offerings? Will you determine to take God’s resources entrusted to you and steward them for His glory?