God Wants to Bless His People – Part 2
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse…” (Malachi 3:10 NIV)
There is a lesson for us all in the Old Testament book of Malachi. The teaching is that you don’t get ahead by not giving to God. On the contrary, you get behind by not giving to God. It saddened the Lord when Israel held back and gave him the leftovers, and it still saddens him when his people do so today, because it shows a lack of faith in his supply. In our society, everyone seems to be overspent, and human nature thinks this way: “If I give of what I have, I won’t have enough for me and my family.” Nevertheless, in trying to provide for ourselves, we’re talking about mere crumbs compared to the blessings that God wants to pour out on his people. There is a promise in the New Testament: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, shall be poured into your lap” (Luke 6:38). This is what God wants for you and me. He is still saying, “Prove me and see if I won’t open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you won’t be able to contain!” He wants to test our faith and give us rest in his provision.
Perhaps a lot of financial problems in the body of Christ would be fixed, not so much by counseling, but by a return to the basics of giving; by a return to the truth that the world revolves, not around us, but around God. Some may say that it shouldn’t matter whether or not we contribute to the work of the Lord, because God has everything. After all, doesn’t the Bible say that he owns the cattle on a thousand hills? Yes, but God wants us to participate in the extension of his Kingdom, and he wants to stretch us and increase our faith in the truth that little becomes much in the Master’s hands.
Let’s ask God to help us with the grace of giving, so that we will get over our selfishness and unbelief. God will help us. He will bless both the gift and the giver, if we will but put ourselves in his hands.
Read Malachi 3:10-12.