The Giver And The Taker

Devotional II

“And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done – indeed too much.” – Exodus 36:7

The tabernacle and worship of the Lord were being established. In these chapters, we see gifted people, and people bringing gifts. They brought their gifts, talents, and finances to the Lord. After all, what did they have that God did not first give to them?

The Bible tells us their hearts were stirred, and their spirits were willing. They not only brought gifts from their finances, but they brought their talents and freely trained others how to build for the Lord. The gifts that God gave, they gave right back to Him. They were in-line and in-tune with the Holy Spirit. The people gave so much to the Lord and the building of His kingdom that Moses had to command them to stop. Amazing!

 In Acts 2:17-21, it says:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke.” The question that was posed to me recently was, “where do we see this happening?”

What great questions for today’s church to ask. Where is the power and authority that was promised in these last days? Do we see anything like this happening anywhere? When was the last time you heard of a local church telling the people, “stop, it is too much?” Where are the dreams and visions and Spirit being poured out? I don’t know about you, but when I drive around the surrounding cities, I see many rundown church buildings while our universities and shopping malls continue to build massive and beautiful structures. Where our treasure is, there our hearts will also be.

God is still speaking, but it seems to me that we are not listening. Or we are looking only at what we want to hear and obeying only what we feel is best for us. God’s voice seems to be in the distance with today’s church. Not because He walked away, but because we are drifting into laziness and comfort. God stopped speaking during the intertestamental years. After all, why say anything if others aren’t paying attention anyway? Pray the church wakes up, and the lost are saved! Isn’t that our mission? May we desire the pouring out of His Spirit once more and may that be demonstrated in obedience!

“…to believe that God is a giver as well as a possessor takes an advanced faith and presupposes that there has been a divine revelation to that effect which gives validity to our expectations. Which indeed there has been – we call this revelation the Bible! Believing all this, why are we Christians so poverty-stricken? I think it is because we have not learned that God’s gifts are meted out according to the taker, not according to the giver! Though almighty and all-wise, God yet cannot pour a great gift into a small receptacle.”

– A.W. Tozer

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