Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. —Proverbs 3:9,10
Thinking back to elementary school, I can recall activities designed to teach the realities of cause and effect. For example:
CAUSE: Johnny walked home from school in the rain.
EFFECT: He was soaked from head to toe.
CAUSE: Mother forgot to set the timer on the oven.
EFFECT: She burned the chocolate chip cookies.
CAUSE: Christopher studies hard.
EFFECT: He is on the honor roll at school.
CAUSE: Momma isn’t happy.
EFFECT: Ain’t nobody is happy.
Certain laws rule the cosmic Universe. Those laws are God’s laws because He’s the One Who designed them. The law of gravity is not a suggestion. Neither is the law of the harvest.
Like the cosmic Universe, the financial universe is also built on a series of causes and effects. When a cause is put into motion, an effect is automatic.
CAUSE: “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops...” (Proverbs 3:9)
EFFECT: “...then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:10)
CAUSE: “Give...” (Luke 6:38a)
EFFECT: “..and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38b)
CAUSE: “Whoever sows generously...” (2 Corinthians 9:6b)
EFFECT: “...will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6b)
Notice the wills: “Your barns will…it will be given…will also reap generously.” God says, “I will, I will, I will!” That’s how you’ve always hoped God would respond to your financial prayers, isn’t it? Your prayers are fine (so don’t stop praying), but the Bible doesn’t say, “Pray and it will be given to you;” or “Read this book on finances and it will poured into your lap!” God’s blessing is dependent on our putting the law of the harvest into play.
CAUSE: Keep doin’ what yer doin’!
EFFECT: And you’ll keep gettin’ what yer gettin’!