Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses’ presence, and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD. Exodus 35:20-22
The Israelites responded to the call to make sacrifices of materials for the building of the tabernacle. In fact, there was too much given, such that Moses send word throughout the camp for everyone to stop giving. Too bad this “problem” of too much being given is seldom seen today. It is a testimony of the Israelites, despite other shortcomings, at least in this area, they were more than conquerors. In this area they trusted God with their finances. They probably didn’t have much personally, having been slaves in Egypt just a short time ago. But the Egyptian gave them gold and silver articles on that last night as they left Egypt. In Egyptt they had learned to be content with what they had. When they were given gold and silver, it was not something they felt the need to hold on to. Do we have a similar heart of trusting God for our finances and provision? Are we able to trust God and give more than a tithe when quickened by the Holy Spirit? For many this area of giving is a tough hurdle to get over. Yet, overcoming the hurdle by actually giving is a freeing revelation. Knowing that God will meet your needs and you can be free of the bond that grips you tightly is freeing indeed. Don’t hesitate, but trust God, in fact test Him. In Malachi, God says to test Him; bring the whole tithe into the storeroom and see if He will not open up the floodgates of heaven and so greatly bless you.