“Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver, precious stones, bronze, wood… because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver” 1 Chronicles:29:2,3
Even though Solomon was ordained to build the temple, David prepared for the work that Solomon had to undertake out of adoration, love, and sincerity toward God. David not only wanted to offer the best treasures he had to God but he disciplined himself to prepare wholeheartedly to accomplish what he wanted to do. No matter what he went through, no matter what season he faced, he kept preparing himself to fulfill his desire to honor God by partnering in the building of the temple.
“For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.”1 Samuel 1:27,28
Hannah was barren for many years. Peninnah provoked her severely, to make her miserable because the Lord had closed her womb. Hannah prayed to the Lord asking him for a child who she will dedicate to the service of God if her prayer is granted. Soon she was with child and she named him Samuel. Samuel was her prayer, petition, dream and need. When Samuel was given to her she gave him right back into the service of God. Hannah could part with her great treasure, her son, because she had prepared herself mentally from the very beginning.
When she entrusted her treasure to honor her God. It was an act of reverence acknowledging the giver for the marvelous thing He did for her . In giving away Samuel, not only was Hannah blessed with another child to love and care for but Samuel became a primary piece in shaping the purpose God had for the land. Hannah received her double portion from the right hand of God.
Beloved, we often desire to give God something dear or important from a heart of gratitude. The bible teaches us that its beneficial to prepare the seed that you intend to sow, so that you can gladly give with trust and cheerfulness. If you intend to sow financially it is good if you prepare yourselves early in the week for what you want to give.( On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. Paul to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 16:2).
If you intend to spend your time serving God, you would be better equipped to do so if you plan your schedule in advance so that whatever time you wish to put in will be spent without distractions of the day. Be accountable and disciplined in this matter as He is worthy of all honor and glory and praise.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. (Luke 6:38)