MALACHI‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬-‭12‬‬‬

““I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’ “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 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! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

Malachi‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬-‭12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It is staggering how many believers do not believe God. They are aware of him in no real manner. Their knowledge of him is a cursory one. Major elements of his character are on full and glorious display at all times, and yet, people look away. God’s providence is one of those things. They would rather relegate God’s providence to a tit for tat service that can be bought into. This creates a sense of power for them. Yet God’s predictable character is that of generosity in providence. He gives freely and expects to be freely given. The things given do not matter because he already owns all things. It is the active submission and love that giving represents. Many will not give freely to God or each other and therefore, never understand God’s providence. God is clear that this a damnable offense. It carries consequences and it profoundly affects quality of life and relationship with him and others. The best way to resolve this is to trust his providence by giving freely. It will be the best step you can ever financially take.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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