“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, for 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.” Malachi 3:8-10 (NKJV)
After about a year of tithing faithfully to our local church, I approached my husband with Bible in tow. “Honey, we are robbing God!” I exclaimed. “How can we be robbing God if we have been paying tithes on every paycheck?” he asked, totally confused.
I opened the Bible to the passage in Malachi 3:8. “It says here we are robbing God in tithes and offerings,” I pointed out. “We don’t participate in any of the offerings at church.” After discussing it further we agreed to begin giving $25 a month to support missionaries, beginning with the next scheduled offering.
When Missions Sunday rolled around, my heart sank. I had completely forgotten to budget for it, and my husband’s paycheck was rather small that week. I showed the checkbook to him; we had only $32 left in our account. Giving $25 would leave us with only $7 to buy gasoline, diapers, and milk. We wrote out the check and placed it in the offering basket, unsure of how we were going to make it until next payday.
Hours later, we attended a church potluck at a friend’s house. I was in the kitchen with the women preparing the food, while my husband had joined the men in the living room. Our son, who was a toddler at the time, was sitting on my husband’s lap when he suddenly pulled something out of the breast pocket of my husband’s sports jacket. My husband grabbed it from him and was astonished to see that it was a crisp, brand new $100 bill, and a crisp, brand new $50 bill.
Nobody knew of our predicament, and to this day we have absolutely no idea how that money got into his pocket. All we know is that God had miraculously multiplied and given back to us six times the amount we gave that morning! He had not only provided for our needs, but had also given us abundantly more. He had “opened the windows of heaven,” just as His Word promised.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness in meeting all our needs and blessing us according to your riches in glory as your Word promises. Amen.