“As soon as Hezekiah’s orders had gone out, the Israelites responded generously: firstfruits of the grain harvest, new wine, oil, honey—everything they grew. They didn’t hold back, turning over a tithe of everything. They also brought in a tithe of their cattle, sheep, and anything else they owned that had been dedicated to God. Everything was sorted and piled in mounds. They started doing this in the third month and didn’t finish until the seventh month. When Hezekiah and his leaders came and saw the extent of the mounds of gifts, they praised God and commended God’s people Israel. Hezekiah then consulted the priests and Levites on how to handle the abundance of offerings.” 2 Chronicles 31:5-9 (MSG)


King Hezekiah and all of Israel came together to celebrate the Passover as part of the Jewish tradition. After they were finished celebrating, Hezekiah requested that the people give to the Temple in order that the Levites wouldn’t have to focus on their own provisions. They would be able to focus on God’s work. The people were overwhelming generous with their gifts. The Levites had everything that they needed. It took months for them to sort through and organize everything that was given. Hezekiah consulted with the leaders to decide their next course of action. They set respected leaders in position to manage and distribute the gifts on an ongoing basis.

We like to pray for abundance and blessings, but we can sometimes give much less thought to how we currently handle our blessings. If we have an inability to manage our current resources, what good would it be for us to have more? Hezekiah and the leaders had to find a plan to appropriately deal with the resources that were given. If they hadn’t, the blessings would have become a liability or even wasted. You may be looking at your life today and feel you have very little. You wouldn’t even use the word abundant to describe it. Yet, when we handle our current blessings well, we set a precedent in our lives for how we will handle future blessings. Every blessing requires our responsibility. As we are diligent with what we have today, we open the door to receive more in our lives.

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. 

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