Scripture:  Numbers 31:48  Then the officers who were over the units of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—went to Moses 

49  and said to him, “Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing.
50  So we have brought as an offering to the Lord the gold articles each of us acquired—armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces—to make atonement for ourselves before the Lord.” (NIV)

Observation:   Twelve thousand had been sent out to war and twelve thousand returned!   No parent had lost a son; no wife had lost a husband; no child had lost a father!  As the spoils of war were being divided, those who had fought in the battle wanted to express their appreciation to the Lord.  They wanted to give to the Lord in appreciation. 
These verses remind me of a testimony I heard years back.  A mom and dad were sitting in a church service in which a memorial was being given in memory of a son who had died in Viet Nam.  The man turned to his wife and quietly said, “Let’s give an offering for our son too!”  She replied, “But our son returned; he was not killed in Viet Nam.”  He said, “That’s why!”  

Application:    Why should I give to the Lord and to needs I see around me?  That’s why!   And, that’s why!  And there’s another reason why!  Oh, yes, and that’s why!  I have so many reasons to show my appreciation.       

Prayer:   Lord, my endless appreciation must be expressed through endless giving!  Show me what, when, and where to give.  And may you never have to tell me twice!   Amen 

Pastor Leon
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