Buying the Land
“But the king replied to Araunah, ‘No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.’ So David paid him fifty pieces of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen” (2 Samuel 24.24).
King David needs to make a sacrifice using an altar and field that do not belong to him. The owner, Aranunah, wants to give the land and the wood for the altar to David for free, but David insists on paying. He will not let his burnt offering to the Lord be diminished by taking the easy way. Our “burnt offerings” to the Lord are never cheap. Instead, the work and sacrifices we lay at God’s altar usually take everything we have to give. God knows when we are giving Him the minimum. He knows when we are easing through life, making very few risks and taking many shortcuts. Nothing worthy of God comes easy. Many times we are confronted with two roads. The first road looks easy and has very little roadblocks. The other road looks difficult and is riddled with roadblocks. Almost always God is calling us down the harder path. He wants to refine our character and mold us into the image of His Son, and the trials and tribulations of this world do a great job of whittling away our flaws. It takes faith and obedience to willingly choose the more difficult path, but God sees our dedication and He will be pleased with our offering. We must never let people talk us into taking shortcuts. Instead, we can give God our best, knowing that He will reward every shred of effort that we give Him.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15.8 NIV).