1 Chron.29:14 – But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given to You.
I have never been to a casino and have never been a gambler, but recently I have been thinking of this term “house money.” Apparently this means someone has won some cash that they have won, and is willing to gamble with it in a more risky way because in one sense they have nothing to lose. They are literally risking money that wasn’t theirs in the first place. I know this may be a little bit of a stretch, but this is close to what David was describing in this verse. David was a shepherd when he began following the Lord. As King of Israel, he had accumulated an incredible amount of wealth. His personal investment in the house of God could have been as much as 20 million dollars in today’s currency. In this verse we see David’s attitude about this offering. He said all his giving was from God’s hand. Everything David had to give had obviously come from the Lord. God had blessed David with incredible wealth; he was simply directing God’s money into God’s work. He was giving from God’s hand or you could say he was playing with house money.
Thinking about this reminds me of an incident that’s in my memory like a snapshot of something that happened many years ago, just before a Sunday night service. I was just stepping onto the platform checking everything out when my daughter Grace came up behind me. Grace is an adult today, but she must have been about seven or eight in this story. She said, “Dad, I need an offering for church”. I gave her a couple of dollars and she stopped and said, “No, I need twenty dollars”. I laughed and gave her the twenty. As I walked away I thought, “That offering means nothing to her; I gave it to her from my wallet”. About that time I had this strong impression from the Lord, “Where did you get that twenty?”. That’s when it hit me. Of course that twenty and everything else I have came from the Lord. Just as Grace was giving her offering from my hand, I was giving my offerings from the hand of the Lord. Everything we have comes from Him. Settling that once and for all changes the way we view our giving. We are really just God’s pipeline. Realize that and there will be more flowing through.