Daily Word for Thursday, July 16, 2015
Lining up with God’s principles brings His favor in our lives. Genesis 4:3-5 says, “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.”
Note that all of this happened in the process of time, according to Genesis 4:3 [And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD]. It suggests to us that the events that unfolded were not a knee-jerk response but something that developed over time.
Where we find our hearts today is the result of what has developed over a period of time. God looks at our hearts as it relates to our giving and all offers are not offerings.
The Bible says in Genesis 4:4-5 that, “The Lord respected Abel and his offering but He [God] did not respect Cain and his offering.” 10% doesn’t necessarily mean tithe to God. It is a matter of priority of our hearts to God.
If we were to pay everything else and then tithe if there is anything left, our priority is clearly not God first.
So what do we do if we find ourselves in a Cain-position as opposed to Abel?
• We ask God to forgive us and receive His mercy and grace.
• We reprioritize God in our lives making Him our first consideration in every detail of our lives.
• We prepare ourselves for His favor to begin flowing in our lives and in the lives of those connected to us.
Peace and blessings!