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8Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, “How have we robbed you?” In your tithes and contributions. 9You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. —Malachi 3:8-10
There are some verifiable consequences that will follow when we don’t trust God in the area of finances that involves tithing:
If my financial future was falling through the floor as the stock market tumbled or real estate tanked, I’d want to be in a position where I’m like, “I am so on God’s team. I can so trust Him. It’s going to work out.” I wouldn’t want to be the “Dang it! I should’ve got up-to-date on my tithes when I was told to. Now look what’s happening to me.”
Some people who are losing have the confident assurance of God’s prosperity and their future because of their faithfulness. And other people are on their own—they’ve got double trouble!
Every week you come to church and the offering plate or bag is an inconvenience. And you’re like, “I love God so much” as you pass the offering bag. But you feel the dissonance in your heart. You know it’s hypocrisy. You know what the Scripture teaches.
A man in this late 50’s recently told me, weeping, “Why haven’t I figured this out? Why did I waste so many years thinking that somehow I would do better on my own? I knew the right; I chose the wrong.” And just the sense of regret and loss of the years that could’ve been in partnership with God.
Hard times are going to come. We’re in the middle of a serious economic slowdown. There are signs of recovery, but it’s not over. This is a really bad time to be on your own. You want to be in partnership with God. Then, when hard times come, if you lose your job, you’re going to be like, “God is going to so take care of us. We’ve been faithful to God; God’s going to be faithful to us.”
And then lastly—I’ve just got to tell you this—all of those are such negative things. But I think the biggest consequence is …
Missing the way that God wants to prosper you and bless your life, but you’re stingy and stubborn and difficult and you withhold from God. And God withholds from you.
Father, keep reminding me that it’s all Yours; I’m only a steward. I realize that nothing expresses my acknowledgment of stewardship like the tithe. Thank You for that simple, clear, and compelling regular “report” to You of my role and “statement” of future confidence. Lord I’m trusting in Your faithfulness with the tithe. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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