Saturday, August 2, 2014

Less Than Best

Malachi 3:10 (NLT) – “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple.  If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you.  I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in!  Try it!  Put me to the test!”

This morning I was challenged by a friend’s blog called The Stream’s Edge.  Jeanne Doyon explains that the Israelites were offering the lame and sick lambs as sacrifices to God instead of the perfect ones.  I justify donations to charity the same way, giving clothing that’s stained or outdated rather than my favorite jeans.  No, there’s no rule in the Bible that requires us to part with our favorite jeans.  But where are we cheating just a little?  God demands our first and our best.

Why does He make such a demand?  God wants us to depend on Him, and not ourselves.   Trust Him to provide.  Right away we think this is only about money, but I believe it applies to all resources, including our time.  God will provide the time to do what He needs us to do when we obey the first and best command.

I’m told this verse in Malachi is the only place that God invites us to test Him.  Remember the commandment ‘do not put the Lord your God to the test’ (Deut 6:16)?  Except in this.  Lean on His promise to supply your needs and don’t hold back when serving Him.

How often do I give God less than my best?  (click to tweet)

Do you have a moment to read the context of today’s verse?  Click on the scripture reference to link to a longer portion at Bible Gateway.

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  1. Cathy, thanks for your insights on Malachi 3:10. I felt pricked by this verse and felt the need to ask God to help show me areas I am holding back. And, thanks for linking to my blog post also. They tie in nicely!