Deuteronomy 26 is more than just about tithing, although many seem to pick that out of the entire chapter, more often that not. While it does describe how the tithe should be distributed to the Levites, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, there is more going on in this chapter than just that. Continue on only after you have read Deuteronomy 26. Let’s take a look.
Step 1 (verses 1-3): The children of Israel had to recognize God’s work in their lives. Remember what God says, God does. Their job was to recognize when He does it.
Step 2 (verses 2-4): They gave back to God from what He gave them. They were blessed to bless others. Offering to God what God gave them helped them realize it all comes from Him in the first place.
Step 3 (verses 4-10): They began to worship. With their eyes firmly fixed on God and His mighty works in their lives, their response is worship. Only God could do what He has done!
Step 4 (verses 11-16): Obedience was their next step. The children of Israel were careful to observe all God commanded, even distributing our tithes to the Levites, the strangers, the fatherless and the widows.
Step 5 (verse 17): They made a commitment to God. They proclaimed Him to their God. They committed to:
- Walking in His way
- Keeping His statutes, commandments and judgments
- Obeying His voice
Step 6 (verse 18-19): Look at what God does in response to their obedience. God keeps His promises. He enabled them to keep His commandments. He sets them high above all nations in praise, in name, and in honor, so they will be a holy people.
God is good and His ways are right. This process works in our life too. It has happened just like this in my own life. When we choose to trust and obey Him, He will bless us too!
How about you? What area of your life do you need to obey Him more completely?
Lord, thank you for your word. Thank you for being true to your word. Help us walk in your way, keep your statues, commandments, judgments and obey your voice this day by the power and authority of Jesus Christ working in us. We come in His precious name, Amen.