Deuteronomy 26 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“When you come before the priest who is serving at the time, you must say to him, ‘Today I acknowledge to the L_rd my G_d that I have entered the land the L_rd swore to our fathers to give us.” Deut 26: 3
There is so much gravity in this dialogue between the Israelite and the priest. Having entered the land the L_rd had promised to his forefathers, the time has come…3 years after entering-in, when the first tithe is brought. For three years, no matter what circumstances may have arisen to tempt the worshipper to stealing from the L_rd’s portion, he remained faithful to the L_rd.
The worshipper’s testimony to the priest communicates many wonderful truths.
1) The L_rd chose Israel from among the nations, and promised Canaan to them.
2) The L_rd was faithful to fulfill His promise.
3) The fulfilled promise was not particularly due to the merit of the recipient.
4) The L_rd’s faithfulness accomplished its desired effect: Worship
5) Because the L_rd’s blessing was personal, the worshipper was inclined to recognize His corporate institutions. The office of priestly ministry is honored, by the willful giving of tithes.
6) The L_rd has given the worshipper a part to play, in helping ensure the Levite, widow, orphan, and foreigner enjoy the corporate blessing of having entered the land, as well.
Let this be a challenge to us all. For us, worship is not solely a personal thing. Yes, Yeshua is our personal Savior. But as He has saved us, personally, let’s remember that we are part of a greater community. He has plans for us personally, and corporately.
If you are blessed with finances or some pertinent skill, remember that blessing is not solely for you. The L_rd has chosen to pour His blessing upon you, that you would direct that blessing to others. This is so the community as a whole can be blessed by the same manner the L_rd had blessed you, personally.
Hopefully, those individuals in need will respond as you have, by recognizing the (above) truths about G_d and His great grace shown toward mankind.
Often times, the L_rd’s grace to others comes from your obedient worshipful giving.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, July 8, 2014