Read: Malachi 1:6-2:9; 3:6-13
Put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you. (v. 10)
Credit card spending and debt are rising for many around the world. According to Nerdwallet.com, American households owe an average of $15,000 on their credit cards. People all over the world are also seeing an increase in the amount of income used to repay credit card debt. If managed properly, credit is an asset when we don’t have large sums of money to pay for products or services we need immediately. When handled poorly, credit is an overwhelming liability that causes financial stress and strain.
In Malachi 3, God rebukes the Israelites for mismanaging money and robbing him. Israel is required to give a tithe, that is 10 percent, of their herd or harvest. However, they have become content with offering God a less-than-perfect sacrifice. Their behavior shows a lack of faith and disrespect for God and fractures their relationship with him. Yet God is faithful to this unfaithful people. He dares them to do the right thing and to offer their best. If they do, he promises to open heaven’s window and pour out more blessings than they need.
God is the source of all we earn. When we give our tithes and offerings, we are showing appreciation for his provision in our lives. So let’s give cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7). No matter how much we give to him, he always gives us more. —Ericka Loynes
Prayer: Lord, give us an attitude of gratitude for the many blessing you pour down on us.