“Test me in this.” God says to us in Malachi 3.
It’s the only place in the Bible where God challenges us to test him.
He wants us to check him out.
Because we will find that he is faithful.
He promises that – when we bring our whole tithe to him – he will ‘throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (3:12)
This is not about money.
The real question is – who is God of my life?
If possessions are my god, I will not have enough money to tithe. If ‘stuff’ is too important to me, I will never have enough money to tithe.
But- if the One True God is the God of my life, I will have enough. I will have more than enough.
Just ask anyone who has put God in the center of their finances and has made a habit of giving a tithe back to God from their first and their best.
They can tell you story after story about God’s faithfulness in return for their faithfulness.
Checks come in the mail from places where we weren’t expecting any checks. Do you want to see strange ‘rebates’ and ‘overpayments’ coming to you in the mail? Become faithful with your tithing and you’ll start seeing them.
Repairs on our houses or cars that should have been very expensive suddenly cost two digits. Don’t ask me how. God just makes it happen.
Other generous people who are following God’s leading will give us cars and money and possessions just when we need them.
When we are faithful in giving to him, God opens the floodgates. And many of the blessings he gives us are things that no amount of money can buy – like peace and joy and purpose.
If you haven’t tried it, go ahead! Test God!
Thank you for your many blessings, Abba Father.