“Bring the whole tithe…Test me in this.” Malachi 3:10 NIV
God is a meticulous planner. For example, He scheduled a banquet called “the marriage supper of the Lamb” two thousand years in advance (See Revelation 19:9). He instructed Noah to build the ark “450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high” (Genesis 6:15 NLT). He gave Moses the specific colors and fabrics He wanted used in constructing the tabernacle (See Exodus 26). And look how precisely He orders the seasons and positions the stars. Can you imagine such a God having no plan for your finances–the product of your work life? Surely not! In Scripture He says: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse…Test me in this…see if I will not…open…heaven and pour out so many blessing…you will not have room enough for it.”
The original word for “whole” is “unbroken”; that means before taxes and other deductions. Why? Because He wants to be first in your life in everything–including your finances. God also told His people, “You have robbed Me…In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8 NKJV). Stop and think about the word “offer.” When you sell a house you decide whether or not to accept the “offer” the buyer is making. And in this Scripture God is saying, “Until you give Me what’s rightfully mine (the tithe), why should I accept any other ‘offering’?” Tithing isn’t just about money; it’s about faith and obedience. When you tithe your income, you can expect God to pour out His blessing on you as He promised. You can live under an open heaven; the choice is yours. God says, “Test me in this.” Put God to the test and see what happens!
This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today