“You people are robbing me, your God. And, here you are, asking, ‘How are we robbing you?’ You are robbing me of the offerings and of the ten percent that belongs to me. That’s why your whole nation is under a curse. I am the LORD All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.”
When God feels cheated and lays-down a challenge, then things probably aren’t going so well. The point to derive from this word from God is not to legalistically make sure you are giving your due, although that would help. God was upset because the people simply were not generous. And they weren’t generous because they didn’t trust that God would take care of them. The people were much too busy with their own stuff, their own houses, and their own situations. They were much too busy making money, tending to their families, and making sure the mortgage payment was in on time…. Are we still talking about ancient Israel?
Do what you need to do for God, and trust him for the rest – that is the principle God is looking for us to follow. Give without holding back and you will find a generous God at the other end doing the same. Wouldn’t that be a much better situation than the one you’re now in?
Generous God, you give and give again, even though we are fickle and only give when we feel like it. I trust in you to care for me in all things, including my finances. And I will celebrate your faithfulness when you meet all my needs and more through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.