Opening the Floodgates
Today’s scripture selection: Malachi
Key Verses: Malachi 3:6-12
Twenty-six centuries ago, God spoke to a people who said they wanted to “return” to Him.
You see, things weren’t going so well for them. Why? Because, as God put it, ever since “the time of your forefathers” they had turned away from Him; ignored Him; and not kept His decrees.
Now, they wanted reconciliation. He told them that, among other things, they needed to stop robbing Him.
Not surprisingly, they objected to the accusation. They protested, “How do we rob you?”
He said, “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 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….Then all nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land.”
Ever since those words came to the people by way of a prophet named Malachi – some have listened – and some have continued to turn away.
It’s not about “buying” God’s favor. It’s not about “Quid pro quo.” It’s about recognizing that everything is God’s – that He has graciously shared it with us – and that all He asks is that, for our own spiritual good, we thankfully return some of it as an offering; something to be dedicated to His glory and for His purposes. It’s about keeping our priorities straight and never forgetting that real, lasting blessing comes from Him. Twenty-six centuries later – people are still trying to learn that simple lesson.
Do people still try to “keep it all” for themselves? Do nations of the world, including your own, still forget and “rob” God in some ways? Is there still suffering and hardship where they might be “open floodgates” of blessing? I’ll let you answer those questions for yourself.
But it sure seems to me that if we could trust God just a little bit more…
Well, who knows what might happen.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes and ears and heart – so that I am a more generous, and cheerful, giver. AMEN.