28 February 2023
Robbing God
‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.’ Malachi 3: 10
This verse follows the Lord’s accusation against his people, that they had turned from him. They asked, ‘How are we to return?’ His answer went to the point. ‘Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, “How do we rob you?” In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse … because you are
robbing me.’ (Malachi 3: 7–9)
Israel’s history at that time tells us that you cannot just live as you like and still expect God’s blessing. Their conditions improved when they followed God’s commandments, but got worse when they turned away to worship idols. This lack of commitment was shown by their failure to tithe, and was why he said they were accursed. The solution was to bring him his full dues.
Today some people find tithing natural to them, even the minimum to aim at, whilst others claim that it was for Old Testament times only. Doesn’t that suggest that God’s promise to those who give is not valid today? If you are not experiencing God’s blessing on your life, consider whether, like Israel, you have forgotten to give God the things that are God’s.
Jesus once watched rich people putting large sums of money into the treasury. A poor widow gave two copper coins and he commented to his disciples that she had put in more than anyone else. ‘They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all that she had to live on.’
(Mark 12: 43–44) God does not look at the size of the gift, but at the heart. A right relationship with him, and the right attitude as we give, will lead us to experience his blessing.
Read: Matthew 22: 18–23; 2 Corinthians 8: 1–15.