“‘Bring ye all the tithes unto the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,’ saith the LORD of hosts, ‘if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field,’ saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 3:10-11).
Isn’t it amazing how quickly we ask God for the things we want, but how hesitant we are to give Him what He asks of us? We run to God when we have a problem and almost demand deliverance from whatever it is we are facing. However, God makes some very simple requests of us and we have a list of arguments, or rationale that explains why we cannot do what He wants us to do. In these two verses there is an amazing promise. That promise is that God will take care of us, even in the face of our enemies. The promise is that our enemies will not be able to triumph over us as long as we remain faithful to our God. These are incredible promises.
The promises of verse eleven are dependant upon our obedience in verse ten. God makes a simple request … bring 10% of what I bless you with, and give it back to Me. I don’t believe this is some kind of “forced” giving, but it is to be totally voluntary, and from a thankful and loving heart. Notice that third word in verse ten … “ALL.” God is looking for us to bring something from ALL He has blessed us with. Think about what that means in your life personally. What things can you identify in your life that you know are absolute blessings that only God could have given you? He wants you to willingly return 10% of that to Him, or to His control.
We often read this verse and think about our (precious) money. Your money is only one small speck of what God is talking about here. Your health; your family; your job; your house; your car; your abilities and talents; your time; your reading; your entertainment; your thought life; your … I think you get the idea. Sometimes I think we get the idea that God is our “genie” and we just run up a quick prayer if we want something. The reality is that we need to be faithful to give God what He deserves everyday. Use what God has given you to be a blessing to Him and others today. There is a great blessing in giving back to God, because He gives more.
“There is more to life than making a living.” – Dr. Bill Rice Sr.