Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

Gratitude for God’s Blessings

and they said to Moses, ’Your servants have taken a census of men of war who are in our charge, and no man of us is missing.‘  So we have brought as an offering to the Lord what each man found, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces, to make atonement for ourselves before the Lord.” (Numbers 31:49–50, NASB95)

After their battle with the Midianites, and the decisive victory that the Lord had given to Israel, warriors of Israel found themselves in overwhelming gratitude that they had not lost a single man.  Obeying the command of the Lord, they gave a portion of the bounty from their victory to the Priests and the Levites.  However, realizing that they owed their very lives to the Lord, they came to “make atonement” for their lives. This was not blood atonement, nor did it have anything to do with sin. Rather, it was recognition that God had spared their life in battle. It was their desire to somehow express their gratitude for life. So, above and beyond the wall, they brought a generous offering of the jewels which they found in the Midianite cities.

This is grace giving. When an individual gives to God, as an expression of their gratitude, an amount that is not required of God but rather is given in response to the grace of God, it is grace giving. This is the kind of giving the New Testament requires for all believers.  Our giving is to be in thanks to God for his “unspeakable gift.”

 Consider your attitude of giving.  Is it “under compulsion” or do you give freely out of a heart of sincere gratitude to God for the blessings He bestows on you personally? If you discover you’re giving under compulsion, count your many blessings, and begin to give from the heart.

In His Grace;

Dr. Randy White

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