Don’t Rob God – Part III
Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:6-9
Key Verse: Malachi 3:8
“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!
“But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’
“You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me.
As we continue to look at the exchange between God and His people in Malachi chapter three, we come to God’s promise: “…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.” God is telling His people that He rewards obedience in big time ways. He is making that point by using the illustration of a floodgate opening up and bountiful blessings flowing on us—overwhelming us. This flood of blessings includes protection from the normal harms of this world, and the increased resources that bring comfort to our lives (Malachi 3:11).
This promise to God’s people begs the question, “Why wouldn’t every believer want to cheerfully give God at least 10% of their income?” I think there are several answers to that question. First, believers struggle in their faith. Giving away 10% of our income can seem scary when we have bills coming due. So, our minds wonder if God will truly provide. Secondly, some have tried tithing, trying to get back these wonderful blessings, and didn’t see them coming as they expected. I don’t believe God will honor a “give to get” type arrangement. We are to tithe out of a grateful and cheerful heart, wanting to bless God and His kingdom with our lives and resources. A selfish attitude of wanting to get more is offensive to God.
When a person questions me about tithing, I’m careful not to push them to tithe. I want them to come to a place that they truly trust God and give with a cheerful heart. Nor do I want someone to give out of legalism or guilt feelings. God keeps His promises when we give out of a heart that fully trusts Him and wants to give, no matter what we get back.
Father, I know you love to take care of your children, and I’m resting in your care. In Jesus’ name, amen.