This is certainly a challenging section of Scripture! Especially for where we are as a church right now. King David has brought a plague on Israel because of his sinful pride. The prophet Gad told David that to stop the plague he should build an alter and offer a sacrifice to God. He does so at a local man’s farm. But when the farmer offers his own animals and materials for the sacrifice, David says, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
Personally, I’ve always found that to be a convicting verse in Scripture. When I give back to God, am I giving out of comfort or is it truly a sacrifice for me? I imagine in the Old Testament, when people offered their animals for sacrifice it felt like a…sacrifice! It was an animal they raised and that they could have eaten or sold. And yet, they sacrificed it to God because they knew that 1) all things come from God and 2) it was worth it.
What does it look like for you to live a life of sacrifice for God?