The Blessing of Giving: Testing God

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Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,’ says the Lord Almighty. – Malachi 3:10-11
We live life at a frenzied pace. In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we often neglect our relationship with God. How easily we forget how much the Lord loves and cares for us right now. In this passage, the Lord promises He will ‘throw open the floodgates’ and ‘pour out so much blessing’ that quite literally, ‘you will not have room enough for it’. What an amazing, spectacular promise! Yet, we must realize the context of this promise, His challenge to us, and the consequences of that challenge.
In verse 8, God asks, ‘Will a man rob God?’ At surface level, this question appears almost comical. After all, the Lord created all things; they are His already. How could we possibly steal from God? Yet the next verse exclaims that is what we have done ‘in your tithes and offerings’. The consequence of this disobedience is a curse. When we hold onto our money too tightly and are unwilling to give our time to further the Kingdom of God, the Lord is incapable of blessing our endeavours.
Listen to His challenge to us, ‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house’. We give to the Lord through His church whatever is due Him. We should be careful, however, not to interpret this as a strict ten percent of our income. God also wants us to give of ourselves toward furthering His Kingdom.
Tithing is one of the cornerstones of a correct and obedient relationship with God. Our tithing also demonstrates our trust in God; we must believe He will continue to provide for those who love and obey Him. If we obey God with respect to our tithes, the Lord promises to bless us and provide for us beyond our wildest imagination. He will construct a spiritual hedge of protection around our families and churches to guard against the spiritual attacks of the destroyer. This is not just a promise to sustain us, but to bless us over-abundantly.

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