1 Chronicles 29:16, “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you!”

This verse may probably be contentious to many, but I will say it anyway: You did not earn or worked for your money. God provided it for you!

So how do you feel? Does it seem that you did not have any involvement in your livelihood? On the contrary it all depends on you. It depends on your obedience to God. God is the source of our wealth but it depends on us to help make it grow.

Solomon built a magnificent Temple for God. The resources that he used to build were a combination of the spoils that his father David had accumulated during his reign in Israel. The amount of gold and silver that David gave to the treasury of the Temple was huge and mind boggling! Who could have imagined that a shepherd boy like David could acquire such wealth.

We NEED to GIVE!

When Solomon started building, I believe he did not have much personal wealth because he asked the people of Israel to give a donation going towards the expenses for the Temple. This is the part where we should all learn. Everyone in all Israel gave. We NEED to GIVE! We are not giving to God, we are giving as a sign of obedience to Him. That simple. Our obedience shows that we recognise  that God is THE source, the ONLY source.

The people of Israel gave so much that Solomon had to stop them. We should also learn something from this. When you have enough funding or money, stop asking and immediately thank God. Don’t even think of hoarding in the guise that you are saving for a rainy day. Remember the mannah that the Israelites received in the wilderness? They only had to take what is needed for the day. This is a God economy principle. This is part of acknowledging that God is the ultimate source of your wealth because you trust Him that in the following day He will supply again all our needs.