SOAP Journal – 18 May 2017 (Deuteronomy 16:17)

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

Deuteronomy 16:17

As Moses reviews with the Israelites the three times a year that the men are required to show up in Jerusalem — called the place which He chooses in this chapter — Moses mentions that they are not to show up empty-handed.

It is a comfort that every man shall give as he is able. There are plenty of teachings about how much people should give and when and how and so on and so forth. From the mouth of Moses, the answer to how and what a person should give to God is that every man shall give as he is able. This means that some people will bring much and others will bring little. The important thing is the recognition of God’s blessing by not coming empty-handed. By bringing as he is able, a person shows how he estimates the financial blessing of God in his life and demonstrates his trust in God’s provision when he is only able to bring a little and brings it.

My family is in a place where we must reevaluate how much we give to God’s work monetarily. Our gross income has not decreased, but our necessary expenditures have which means that our net income is decreased. So the amount given needs to be revisited and consideration given to what our current expenses are. In addition, we can still give of our time and abilities.

Father, thank You for not demanding that we all give the same, but telling us to give according to how we are able. You know our hearts and what resources are at our disposal. Please make my heart generous toward You and my mind receptive to know Your will. Thank You.

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