Genesis 28:20-22 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
This is the sad ending of a wonderful story. God has just promised to be with Jacob. He has promised everything that Jacob mentions in this prayer. Genesis 28:14-15 But Jacob proceeds to sort of make a deal or contract with God.
Alright God if you will keep your Word and do all these things that you are promising then I will worship you and I will give you some money, ten percent to be exact. What a prayer.
It is almost like he doesnâ€™t really believe God so instead of giving himself unconditionally to God after receiving this promise he hedges his bet. He says well I tell you what God, I will if you really do.
He makes it sound like his tenth is supposed to be something great. His prayer seems petty to me.
But then it reminds me of so much of what we do to God. We almost act as if God were a mafia boss. We will be good to Him but we expect certain things in return. We barter with God.
We will give but we want certain things from God. We will worship but we want certain things or we threaten to quit on God.
Is this true worship? Is this true love? Is this true faith? I think not!
What sort of deal do you have with God? You could be recognizing Him for who He is and giving to Him for who He is and because you love Him or you could be giving to get or so that He will bless you financially or what?
You have His promises. He is who He says He is. You should give because you want to. You should give because you love Him. You should not be buying His protection or provision, it is not for sale.
You should be serving a good, prayer answering, powerful, full of grace, God not a mafia boss.