02 Mar It’s All about Trust
I have to admit Malachi 3:10 reads like a contract and while I have to say in my particular case, God has always kept His end of the deal. “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.” Well, the “not be room enough to store it” is a hyperbole. I can say without a moment’s hesitation there has always been ENOUGH. And what more can a person ask for in life? I can only wear one pair of shoes at a time. I don’t need a closet full. As a matter of fact my black dress shoes are over twenty years old and have been resoled so many times the shoe repairman told me never to bring them back again.
But I do know some people who, if they are telling me the truth, did keep their part of the Malachi 3:10 contract and they experienced tremendous financial loss. This forces me to reexamine the “contract.” Could it be that God is rewarding people in other ways than money? Perhaps He pays off by making sure we are eternally cared for.
Or is the “contract” the wrong way of looking at it? Perhaps it is a relationship thing where I say, “God I trust you with everything I have. I trust you with my home, my income, my family and most of all with my soul.” And whatever happens will always be for my best interest. When I someday have the opportunity to see all the details of life’s events, the back story, I will then know His promise was to do the best for us and He did.
Written by Roger Bothwell on March 2, 2015
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