The Ultimate Eye Witness: Every Offering Matters

Published on Apr 17, 2024
Category: Behold!

Read: Numbers 7-8

Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of families who were the tribal leaders in charge of those who were counted, made offerings.

Numbers 7:2

God values and is interested in each individual’s heart and offering.

One of the longest chapters in the Book of Numbers is dedicated to recognizing the offerings of the tribal leaders. The dedication of the altar extended over twelve days. Each tribal leader presented his gifts on a day set aside for his tribe. The Bible records the gifts each leader brought. The careful repetition of the nearly identical words in each case makes the point that each one was important to God. God is interested in each individual.

Jesus noticed the offering of two small coins by a widow. Others had much bigger gifts to give. The widow’s gift amounted to much more than all the other gifts because she gave her all. God measures our gifts by what we have left rather than by what we give. Nothing misses God’s eye. The Lord never overlooks the very least we do for Him.

The Bible says in Matthew 5:23-24, if we are offering a gift at the altar but are not reconciled with a brother or sister, we are to leave the gift at the altar, first go and be reconciled to them and then offer the gift. Ask God for His grace to make peace before you bring your offerings to the Lord. 

How can we ensure that our offerings to God are not just physical gifts, but are also a reflection of our heart and love for Him? Have you ever felt like your contributions were not noticed or appreciated, and how did that affect your relationship with God? Is there someone with whom you need to reconcile before presenting your offerings to God? What steps can you take to ensure that you are at peace with those around you?

Prayer

Thank you, Lord, that I am important to you. Help me offer gifts that are pleasing to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Scripture Writing: 2 Corinthians 9:7

Song: All I have is Christ

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Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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