Re:Verse passage – 1 Chronicles 29:1-11 (day four)
So that we can put the value of the offering given for the Temple in perspective…the gold given by King David and the Jewish leaders, in today’s economy, would be $207,000,000. The silver would be valued at $1,989,000. This is a total of nearly 209 million dollars…just the gold and the silver! Quite an offering!
David recognized though that all of the resource came from God to begin with. He had provided the offering. Verse 16 says, “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours.” Verse 18 follows with the purpose of the offering…it was to direct their heart to God. (verse 18)
Good times and prosperity, hard times and need, joy, sadness, comfort or discouragement…all of our experiences are designed to lead us to God. The privilege of giving was to direct the worship of the people towards God. Is giving to God’s work a joy or a burden to you? Do the difficult things in life turn you to God? Giving is an act of the heart, not the wallet!