Will man rob God? (Mal 3:8-10)

"Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.  You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you." - Malachi 3:8-9

I think I may have blogged about this perhaps a year or two ago, but in continuation of yesterday I'm remembering learning about tithing in a Sunday school at church. The man who was teaching was quite compelling, and a successful businessman. As I recall he was taking his team of salesmen to Las Vegas to celebrate a particularly profitable quarter.

Then after he was almost done sharing about tithing and the value for it, he mentioned, "I think it's a really good idea to tithe 10%, I don't tithe 10%, but I'd like to. 10% is a goal my wife and I have."

I was mortified, why was this the person chosen to teaching on giving if he wasn't giving? Are you stealing from God? "Will man rob God?"

"Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need." - 3:10

And in all our stupidity we presume to rob the Lord when He promises to open up heaven and pour down blessing. "Put me to the test," He says, and see if He won't fulfill His promise to give back.

Choosing not give generously is a financially and personally stupid choice.

Put the Lord to the test, and allow Him to give back. Watch as heaven rains down blessing.