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.
I have been reminded recently about honouring God. The family were noisy and everyone was hungry, and I said a quick, flippant grace instead of taking time to truly be thankful. The next day I felt convicted about my lack of honour towards God.
The book of Malachi is about Israel not honouring God in their actions, including their giving. They were bringing substandard tithes to the temple. Malachi shows them that their giving shows disregard for God rather than respect towards him, and he urges them to fix their ways. Their lack of honour is breaking their covenant with God.
Like the Israelites we can honour God with our giving. Unfortunately, these days, the notion of ‘give so you will get’ is common. Malachi shows us that generosity and respect towards God should be our focus in our giving, reflecting a heart of worship, rather than a transaction aiming to receive. It seems that the phrase “it’s all about our hearts” can apply in so many different situations, including tithing.
“Lord, help me to be generous in my giving, but more importantly, help me to have my heart right before you. May my giving show generosity, respect and honour towards you always.”
Written by Megan Cornell