Deuteronomy 26: Give with the Right Attitude
Deuteronomy 26 is a chapter based around tithing. However, it is not just about giving our money to the church. It should be done with a certain attitude as well.
Deu 26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
Deu 26:6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage:
Deu 26:7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:
Deu 26:8 And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:
Deu 26:9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Deu 26:10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God:
We need to understand why we are worshiping God in this way but also in general. The people of Israel understood that they would have been in Egypt forever if God had not intervened and helped them. Also, everything that had been given to them since was a direct gift from God.
They realized that because of all the great things that God had done in their lives, it was appropriate to offer a portion of it back.
Now, I know that some of you are probably thinking that your life is not so great. Maybe things are not going quite as well as they went for the Israelites. Maybe you do not feel particularly blessed right now.
Keep in mind that even though this passage highlights some great things that happened to the Israelites, they also had their own share of difficulties. After all, they wandered around in the desert for 40 years. It was because of their stubbornness, but it still must have been a challenging time.
I hope that we can persevere through as this passage suggests. I hope that we are always cheerful and thankful as we give to God. It could be about tithing, but it could be about giving our time or anything else