Robbing God

Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed me.  But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?  In tithes and offerings.  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.  Bring ye all the tithes into 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 3:8-11

This is probably the most famous and most quoted passage in the Bible on the subject of giving  tithes and offerings.  I believe it is famous and often quoted for a reason.  The principle remains true today.

When it comes to our finances, one vital fact that we all need to remember is that all of our money is God’s.  All of the riches in the entire world belong to Him.  He graciously gives us some of those riches in order to meet our needs and to allow us to give to others.  But that is something that we sometimes forget.  We like to think that we worked for our money, and so it belongs to us.  But that is backwards thinking.  God gave us everything we have.  It is all His.

And He wants us to give to support His work.  In the New Testament, it is clear that He wants us to give cheerfully and generously.  If we will follow those two principles in giving, we will be blessed beyond measure.  Give cheerfully.  Give generously.  And thank the Lord that He has given us the ability to give and the ability to be a blessing to others.  I have seen God take care of me time and time again.  I have seen Him pour out His blessing on me.  I have seen His rebuke the devourer of my income.  His Word is faithful and true.  “Give, and it shall be given…”

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I’m a little embarrassed, but truthfully I really can’t hear this enough. Every time I think I’ve got it, then something comes up and I start thinking that the money is mine. sigh. So glad that He is faithful to remind me and move me to give like I should!
    God bless you and yours generously!

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    • It’s so easy to think of it like that. I know I need help with it often, too. I am thankful that He is gracious and longsuffering with us and gives us things over and over. 🙂

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