“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” (Malachi 3.10 NIV).
Tithing is one of the most difficult acts of obedience we can make, especially if we allow jealousy, envy and covetousness to exist in our life. With social media and our culture’s obsession with knowing everything about everyone, it is easy to think that others have it better than we do. We may want to cling onto our money, so we can buy more and bigger homes, cars, vacations, gadgets, etc. But true joy and peace do not come from materialism; they come from the Lord. Everything else is just icing on the cake. If we are having trouble obeying God’s commandment to tithe to the local church, we will have to take a moment to ask ourselves why. We have to trust God at His Word. He says that if we tithe, He will be able to bless us with “so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” We can stop analyzing what everyone else owns and put our focus on what God wants to give us through our obedience. He wants to bless us, but we must realize that God’s ways are higher than our ways. The system of give-and-receive may not make sense in the natural, so we have to take a risk and put our faith in the supernatural. God even asks us to test Him and His system of tithing that He has established. So let us test Him and see if He does not “open the floodgates of heaven” for us.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55.9 NIV).