Exodus 25:1-2, 8, "The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for Me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. ... Then have them make a sanctuary for Me, and I will dwell among them.'"
What prompts you to give to someone or something? Do you often have the desire or is it only a rare impulse? We are blessed to be a blessing, but if we aren't listening for God's voice, we may miss out on opportunities to be a part of what He is doing. There are so many things in this world that can fill our hearts and minds, sidetracking us from His voice. From binging on TV shows to our own anxious thoughts, it seems there are a million ways to distract us from giving our time, talent, and resources to the Lord's service.
Is your heart in a place today that allows you to hear when God is moving you towards something? In today's reading, God gives Moses instructions on what offerings the people should bring, and then he carefully begins to lay out the instructions for the sanctuary and everything that would go in it. He wanted the people's hearts ready and willing to contribute to the work ahead.
Where is God calling You to give? What instructions is He laying out before you in your life and ministry? Don't let the world's noise sidetrack you from God's prompting. Quiet Your heart and listen for His voice.
Lord, Quiet my heart. At this moment, I put all other thoughts, concerns, and distractions aside. How can I be faithful in my giving? Let my heart be still enough, long enough, to truly hear Your voice! Be glorified in my life, Lord! Amen.