As any parent knows, one of the greatest things we can teach our children is how to think about money and how to use what God entrusts to us in a way that honors Him. Solomon does just that in our text this weekend. But he employs an interesting strategy.
First he lays out the command to honor God with our wealth and gives the great reward that those who obey may expect. But then he backtracks to show the mental pathway that must be followed in order to arrive at the character necessary to be sincere in the way we honor God with our money and possessions. And what we find is that faithfulness in financial areas is just an overflow of faithfulness in all areas. The one who is honoring God with wealth has long before honored God as the primary shaper of his/her whole life, and has found in Him the source of their security and greatest delight.