Are you generous toward God? Giving sacrificially to God puts you in a position of faith in God. When you give generously, you have to trust God more. Amounts are less important than your heart, does your giving push you into a posture of faith and trust?
6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
The Lord is waiting for people to return to him. If you have departed from following God, he would like you to return so that you can commune with the God who made you and loves you.
How are we to return?
One of the foremost areas of waywardness in God’s people in Malachi’s time was a lack of generosity toward God. People were not bringing offerings into the storehouses of the Lord. You might ask, why does God need my money? The clear answer I have come to over and over in my relationship with God is that giving sacrificially to the Lord puts you in a position of faith in your relationship with him.
When you give generously to God, you have to trust God more.
God was cursing his people because they were withholding their finances and therefore withholding themselves from a trust relationship with him.
How are you doing with giving?
Do you give what is left at the end of the month or at the time you receive your income? If you wait, you will be giving as an afterthought, and showing God that he is less important that your other commitments financially. You might say, but I have signed an agreement with the loan company… and in saying that you proclaiming that your decision to buy a car or some other item is more important than God who enables you to even earn income.
Time to rethink giving.
In Malachi’s time, the tithe was 10% and offerings were above this amount. Today, we are to give what God and we agree to in our hearts (2Corinthians 9:7). The amount is less important than the position of your heart, and whether your gift pushes you into a posture of faith.
If you are giving and not feeling it, expect God to consider you as walking further away from him. And he is inviting you to return…