By Tinika Rock
‘“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, or you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.’ – Malachi 3:8-12 KJV
Can a man rob God?
It is not possible to rob God because everything belongs to him. However, we can sometimes take from God and not give anything back for example when he gives us abundance and we don’t do the right things or act according to his will or withhold our tithes and offerings. As it says in Malachi 3:8:8 NKJV ‘“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.’
What is Tithing – tithe is a Hebrew word which means tenth. The bible says in Leviticus 27:30 “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord. ‘
One way to give back to God is through tithing. Tithing is an expression of our faith and honouring and giving back to God. Proverbs 3:9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase:
What do we owe God?
We owe God our life, God has given us and blessed us with so much. Sometimes in life we can fall into a place where we forget about the blessings we have been given. So, in this time of reflecting on Gods promises and all that he has given us. May we have the heart of giving, Let’s open our hearts to God and all his sacrifices that we can be a cheerful giver and cheerfully give back to him.
Today I choose to remember that everything belongs to God and giving back to God is a privilege and opens doors for more blessings.
Father, I thank you for your word, I thank you that I am renewed and transformed daily by your strength. Lord help me to be a cheerful giver that I may honour you with thy substance and with the first fruits of my increase.
In Jesus name, I pray amen