Daily Devotional – 1/24/18 “Tithe, test and trust!”

Tithing is a touchy subject for a lot of people, especially those who don’t understand or trust the concept of tithing. Yet when will we get from quoting Malachi 3:8, “will a man rob God,” to teaching through Malachi 3:10? Read these words well, I am all for tithing but what I am not for is making someone feel guilty when they don’t. Yes, there are a lot of people who are faithful to worship yet some are fearful of tithing but this is where teaching comes in because I’ve come to understand some things of worship congregants. You have those who are faithful tithers, some giving over the 10%. You have those who give but it may be between 1-5%. You have those who are living paycheck to paycheck, scared to death to give, even a little because that means it’s has to be taken from a bill that is already behind. And you have those who don’t tithe because they don’t really understand what tithing means. This is where teaching comes in because Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

See, the word didn’t stop at, will a man rob God because the Lord also says, bring the whole tithe and test me now. Beloved, if God is saying bring Him the whole tithe so that He can have food in His house, what makes you think He will allow you not to have food in yours? This is why He gives us the command to TEST Him. In other words, He’s saying test me to see if I will not do what I said. Yes, I know it looks like the week you paid your tithes, the enemy attacked your home but will you test God and see if He will not hold true to His promise to never leave nor forsake you? I know it looks like you’ll need that $40 you paid in tithes, this week but will you test God to see if He will not show up as provider? I know it seems like the more you pay your tithes, the harder your walk becomes but will you test God by His word in Jeremiah 29:11? Yes, we should tithe but don’t badger me to tithe if you’re not badgering me with the teaching. Teach me how to tithe, test and trust God to open the windows of Heaven and pour me down a blessing because maybe then I’ll tithe, test and trust God in my waiting on Him to open the windows of Heaven and pour me out a blessing. When we do this, God says in Malachi 3:11-12, “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.”

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