WEDNESDAY October 10, 2018
Honor God or Despise Him?
“Therefore the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.’ ”
1 Samuel 2:30
Eli’s sons’ actions did not honor God in the tabernacle; their wickedness showed they despised Him. Eli’s sons were given the opportunity to know and serve God in the tabernacle, but they did not know the Lord. They were called “sons of Belial,” which meant they were worthless, evil, wicked and ungodly men (1 Samuel 2:12 KJV).
We are all given the opportunity to know God and serve Him. In our lives we must choose to honor God. In heaven God is honored by those who cast their crowns at his feet, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelations 4:11).
How can we honor God? Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us to: Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. In Malachi 3:10 the Lord promises a blessing to all those who obediently honor Him with their tithing:
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
Do you faithfully honor God in your tithing, giving to Him from all He has blessed you with? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV tells us: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you…? Therefore honor God with your bodies. How are you honoring the Lord today?
We owe God every honor that is in our power to give Him. Our everlasting grief lies in giving Him anything less.
~A. W. Tozer~
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