What Happens When We Steal from God

Sam Wolff (CC)

If you’ve been in church more than a couple of weeks, you’re familiar with Malachi 3:10. It’s probably one of the most quoted verses, the equivalent of Biblical candy.

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.

Sounds awesome, right? What a great promise we have from God.

I can say with certainty that there has never been a time in my life when I regretted giving money (or anything else) to God. And I will testify that I've been blessed so much I'm bursting at the seams.

But there’s a dark side to the passage you may not be so familiar with:

“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me." (Malachi 3:8-9)

When you don’t give to God, you rob Him; you withhold what is rightfully His. (He owns it all anyway.)

And when you rob God, you put a curse on yourself.

Photo by Averie Woodard

Give to God what is God's, and do it cheerfully. That an omnipotent God asks anything of us at all is an honor.

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