Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure. – Mal 3:10 (HSCB)
I remember when I met my best friend. There were things that he said that I didn’t get. He’d laugh at certain jokes and I just didn’t understand what made them funny. At first there were things about him that bugged me. I didn’t understand why he did things the way he did. But the funny thing is, the more I got to know him, the more I got why he did things the way he did. As I spent more time with him, I began to get his sense of humor better and I began to laugh at the same jokes he did.
When you get to know someone better, you start to understand why they do things the way they do them. You begin to understand how they think and why they feel they way they do about certain things.
This is true with God too. See as we get to know God better, we begin to understand how he thinks. We begin to understand why He asks us to do the things He does. And instead of sounding crazy, they begin to make sense. In today’s Bible verse we see that God challenges us to bring ten percent of what we earn to the storehouse, which is the church.
If we don’t know God well, we might think that God is crazy when he’s asking us to give up ten percent of our paycheck to Him. However, if we’ve taken the time to get to know God, we realize that God is just wanting to see us blessed. He wants us to look to Him as our source for the money we need, not to our job. He’s just trying to get us to trust Him and He sees that we’re blessed in return.