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Is there anyone on earth who has become a specialist or has a masterly record in terms of digging into the deep wisdom of God? Is there anyone smart enough to enlighten Him and tell Him what to do? Has anyone seen God in need and did Him such a huge favour that God has to ask for their advice? All of these questions were answered in part 2. Therefore, let's consider the next question today!

Reference: Romans 11:33-36 New King James Version (NKJV) "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?" "Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?" For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen."

The last question is: Who has first given to God and it shall be repaid to him? Notice the word, "first" which means that nobody gave God anything which did not first come from Him. This is the reason Paul added, "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." Beloved, it is God that first gave us whatever we own or have. It is not man in any sense, no matter our wisdom, intellectual acuity and sensible shrewdness in earthly transactions. No resources, wealth or gift came from any human first, and so, when we give anything to God, we must bear in mind that everything we own first came from Him.

In terms of divine agenda or projects, God has never abandoned anything that He undertakes because He couldn't find any man's support. Simply put, there are no unfinished business with God. No half-done or forsaken works of His hands. There has never been any evidence of change of plan in His works of creation or of having deserted what He began because of disappointment, lack of funds or power to complete them. God Himself is not just self-sufficient but also the fountain and origin of all spiritual, material and physical blessings.

The Bible says in Psalm 24:1 (NLT) - The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Everything we met on earth belongs to God. In fact God Himself acknowledged this by saying, "I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfil your vows to the Most High" (Isaiah 50:9-14 NIV). Therefore, our attitude towards giving anything to God must have and demonstrate a full-hearted pleasure with thanksgiving. While giving to God, no matter how great any task is, we must bear in mind that it is a great privilege to do so because in the first place, He gave us everything we have. So the attitude that evokes and portrays the discernment that we are not giving to man but to the Almighty God must be evident.

King David was a man who properly understood this truth and lived accordingly. When presenting gifts for building God's Temple, He said, "With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities. Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings" (1 Chronicles 29:2-4 NIV). On top of that, he gave all this treasure to God with the right attitude.

To that effect, David humbly expressed, "O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!" (1 Chronicles 29:13-14 NLT). Beloved this is so true! Therefore always find time to reflect on this truth again and again: "Who has first given to God and it shall be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 15:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7-8; Colossians 3:23; James 1:17.

Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for your Word today which has delivered to my spirit, a clear and well-defined perception of the truth that everything comes from you. I therefore acknowledge the grace, joy and comfort of serving you faithfully with the gifts and resources you've given me and I also appreciate its usefulness to others in my world. Receive all the glory and honour, as I continually gain the benefits of sowing into your Kingdom advancement on earth with heartfelt and fervent exuberance, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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