God’s “Pay it Forward”

Scripture: “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—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 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 you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 3:8-11 NIV

Observation: Malachi relays God’s words about the tithe.

Application: To my knowledge this is the only place in the bible that God says that his promise may be tested and I believe that this promise is specifically about tangible possessions. God says right here in Malachi that if we tithe we will be so richly blessed that we will have more “stuff” than we can handle. I believe that our inclination will be to then give the excess away to help sustain others because that’s a natural inclination God put within us–give to him, he gives back to us in excess, we give to others. In the secular world a few years ago they termed it, “paying it forward.” That was a big theme in a movie that gave no credit to God as the author of the concept but it was basically God’s tithe principle. When we give back to God what he has given us, he blesses us with all that we need and so much more that we bless others by giving to them as well as back to him. Then they bless him and others…and so on. Ain’t God cool?!

Prayer: Father, thank you so much for all of the blessings that you give to me. Help me to bless others as you make it possible by providing for those blessings. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen


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