24 However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God [i]which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver- 2 Samuel 2:24  

               I admit it; I'm not a very good giver sometimes. And I'm FOR SURE not the greatest sacrificial giver in the world. Why sometimes do we get so bent out of shape when sermons are spent on giving and tithing and giving sacrificially? What are we saving for? What's more important? A few years ago, my sweet giver of a husband decided to write out a check for 3 times more than we usually do.

             Without asking me, he just got out his checkbook and wrote it out and showed me after he was done.

              Let me tell you: I was mad.

             "We could have used that money for things we NEED" I thought.

             "He should have talked it over with me first" I was thinking about groceries, or an unexpected bill that might come up……and without a doubt, there goes our fun money. If you haven’t figured me out yet, here, let me help you: I’m kinda selfish.

               When I expressed my......opinion, he said something that hit like a swift kick in the pants.

              "What's more important than giving to God?"

             In this story in Second Samuel, David knows that nothing is more important than giving to God and no amount is ever enough. If you go back a few verses, you will read that David messed up….again. What he did isn’t important in this story, but what is important was what he was commanded to do in order to stop the punishment given to David and Israel. He was commanded to build an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

              When Araunah sees David and is told why David came to see him, he offers David whatever he wanted or needed to offer his sacrifice to God at no cost. Normally, this would be an offer than is hard to refuse. However, David knew that giving to the Lord should be sacrificial….after all, look at all that the Lord has given and sacrificed for us.

             He tells Araunah that he will not offer sacrifices to the Lord “of that which cost me nothing”

            David understood that God deserved the very best from him even if it cost him a good deal of money, even if he could have had it all for free.

             Isn’t it funny how someone like David, who messed up so many times in his life, can still find ways to put you to shame?

            When was the last time you gave to God above and beyond the “10 percent”?

            When was the last time you chose to give to God, and His church in place of a vacation? A new home? A new phone?

             It’s ok to want and have these things. However, they have no eternal value. Are temporal things and a big bank account preventing you from going beyond your comfort zone financially and challenging yourself to give more to the Lord “that which costs you nothing’?

             I wish I hadn’t gotten so mad at my husband that day……because he was right.

             Don't forget that HE loves you, and so do I,

                     Shelley Olsen