2 Chronicles 31:21
In everything that he undertook in the service of God's temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.
Yesterday, I found myself in a room listening to a business presentation, and this for the nth time is all for friendship’s sake. Sales isn’t really in my blood. There’s just really no inclination at all. But when they started to flash onscreen those big amounts, lured was an understatement. For who wouldn’t want a prosperous, comfortable life? And for those who knew our situation, as in today exactly, you’d understand why we went home very much considering.
Chapter 31 is all about King Hezekiah commanding Judah to fulfill their obligation as God’s people to tithe. It was specifically in support for the priests and Levites so that they could fully devote themselves to the study and teaching of God’s word. The idolatry of the previous reign, implying there was no offering brought to the Lord resulted to the priests and Levites possible ‘we have no choice but to close the temple doors’. Either out of need or sin’s deceit, we can imagine them like those reported pastors who left their flocks to be with Manny Pacquiao. It was God’s design that our proportional giving to His work is partly for the encouragement of His workers. It is His instituted way of providing for them. If they are wanting, it is not because God did not keep His promise. It is because we failed to obey His directive.
What King Hezekiah promoted was noted to be good and right and faithful before the Lord. It ended with the words: ‘And so he prospered’. Meaning all of Judah. The chapter says everyone faithfully brought in their firstfruits and it amounted to so much that even after the workers got their share, they had to prepare storerooms for the extra heaps. Yesterday in that business meeting, seated in front of me is a pastor. I have nothing against tent makers. But it saddens me, being a pastor’s kid myself, to see God’s workers seeking additional means to make ends meet when they are in fact worthy of double honor. Let's take care of our pastors please. Prepare those tithes now and encourage them this Sunday. More than the amount, their joy is to see the heart that goes with it.