“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—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 there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
Written by: Robert Watson
If you have ever felt reluctant to give away resources, then you are in good company. This reluctance can be traced back thousands of years.
In the 8th century BC, Israel was facing uncertainty with political turmoil and war surrounding them. In fear, the people clung to whatever they could and developed a strong reluctance to share.
There is only one situation in the Bible where God says to put Him to the test and it is found in the above passage. Everywhere else the Bible says NOT to put God to the test. So why make the exception here?
The Hebrew word that is used to describe testing God in a negative way is “nasah” which means to tempt or put to the test. The word used here is different. It is the word “bachan” which means to examine. Nasah comes from a place of doubt. Bachan comes from a place of faith.
God invites us to examine and see that we can trust Him with whatever He has given us to manage. To the reluctant Israelites He gave a challenge followed with a promise. “Test (bachan) me in this, 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.”
Thought of the day: What would it look like for you to examine and study God’s faithfulness and goodness when it comes to your finances? Does that make you uncomfortable to think about? If so, why? If not, why not?
Prayer: Father, help me to trust You with everything. You are the source of all things, so I say “thank You” for all you have entrusted to me. Give me confidence in You so that I can be generous toward others with what You have given me. As I give, would You pour out Your blessing. Amen.