God loveth a cheerful giver. Giving is a principle set forth in the Word of God. Each man does not decide in his heart whether or not giving is right. Every man purposeth in his heart HOW he is going to give. Will it be giving out of obligation, grudgingly and because of necessity? Or, will giving be a joyous and cheerful act of a willing heart? It is the attitude of heart that God is interested in searching out.
Every way of man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
1 Chronicles 28:9
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
God looks at what is on the inside. God looks on the heart. God is looking for a perfect heart - one that is completely devoted to Him. God is looking for a willing mind. One who serves willingly.
2 Chronicles 16:9a
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him . . .
God is continuously checking out the heart of man. He is not looking to blame or find fault. He is looking to bless.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
God is looking over the whole world for willing and giving hearts wholly devoted to Him so that He can show Himself strong in their behalf. God is able to take care of ALL our needs and He will.
And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
Abraham is called in the Word of God, "the father of all that believe." Abraham's heart was that God was the possessor or owner of all the heaven and earth. To "lift up mine hand unto the LORD" is to completely surrender to God's care. Abraham was a very rich man, but in his heart he knew that all he had belonged to God. He did not allow the king of Sodom to make any claim on providing his wealth. And what was God's response to Abraham's attitude of heart?
After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
God provides all we need. He is our protection. He is our insurance policy. He is our abundance.
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
When the Word of God uses the word "Satan" it represents the Devil's influence in the world. The world will always tell you that if you give you will not have enough. Ananias and Sapphira sold some property and brought a portion of the money they received from the sale and gave to the needs of the believers. They presented the money as if it were the whole amount that they had received. No one told them that they had to give anything. They gave grudgingly and of necessity and because (Acts 4:34-35) many other believers were selling properties and giving to the needs of the church. They gave with covetousness and jealousy in their heart in an attempt to lie to God. When they were found out, the guilt was too much for them and they died. Willful giving is very much a matter of heart.
1 Chronicles 29:9-17
Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.
Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.
David was a man after God's own
heart. In preparing to build the temple for God, this chapter in
God's Word records the willing, giving, joyful heart that David and the
believers demonstrated in their preparation for the work. They recognized
that all things that they had came from God and that God was their strength
and sufficiency. God loveth a cheerful giver.