The Source of Everything
Tuesday - November 2nd
Scripture to Read Today: 1 Chronicles 29:14-18
Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
1 Chronicles 29:16
In his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren startled his readers with this opening sentence, "It's not about you." Warren emphasized that everything begins and ends with God. It's about Him. Even in the matter of giving, it's not about us – the very ability to give comes from God.
In the passage for today, King David thanks God for the wonderful offering the people gave to build the temple. While the offering was given during David's lifetime, his son, Solomon, would construct it after David's death. The gifts were overwhelming, and the temple became a testament to the greatness of God.
In his prayer of thanksgiving, David acknowledges that ALL things come from God, even that which is offered back to Him. Our gifts to the Lord are but a part of the abundance He provides to us. James 1:17 says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights." Everything we have and everything we give from what we have starts and ends with God.
It's not about you. It's not about me. It's about Him!