01 Mar Will Man Rob God? – 3/1/21
Malachi 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. Bring the full tithe 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.“
How can someone rob God? Surely, they cannot overpower Him or sneak in and take something without Him knowing. Yet, in Malachi 3:8, that is exactly what God accuses the Israelites of doing. They were robbing God by withholding from Him the tithes that He required of them under the law. Thus, God commands them to “bring the whole tithe into the storehouse…” (3:10).
What is surprising about this passage is not that God required of them a tithe. After all, “The earth is the LORD’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). What is surprising is that God tells them to put Him to the test to see if He would not pour out abundant blessing in response to their obedience.
For us today, we do not own our possessions, but we are stewards of them. This means that we manage them for our Master. When we are disobedient in giving or afraid to give, what does that say about how we view Him? Assuredly, He deserves all that we have, and He still promises that if we sow bountifully we will reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6-15). Let us no longer rob God through distrust and disobedience, but let us joyfully and obediently follow His leading, as we wisely manage and freely sow the blessings our gracious Lord has bestowed upon us.
Truly, Lord, the earth and its fullness are yours. You have given us the responsibility to steward your gifts and goods. Let us steward them faithfully, and may your faithful promises of abundant blessing result in more liberality, on our part, and praise and thanksgiving for your blessing. For Christ’s sake. Amen.