Would a Man . . .?
Is there something in mankind that would be willing to steal from The Lord God Almighty? Unfortunately, the answer is, “Yes!” The Scripture teaches that the heart of man “is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9) This deceit and wickedness does not just disappear when a person “gets saved.”
Consider how some will say, “I can’t afford to tithe right now.” and justify their statement by pointing out all the bills they are unable to pay and by promising to “make it up later.” If there are unpaid bills it is due to the fact that they have over spent and/or over indebted themselves in direct disobedience to the scriptural admonition to “owe no man anything” and to be good stewards of God’s gracious abundance. (Romans 13:8; 1Co. 4:2)
Another example would be the person who becomes aware of an individual or family that is in need. They decide that they should help them out financially and do so. This would be a wonderful thing if they did not rob God to do it. Benevolences are gifts (offerings) that are meant to be over and above the tithe that God requires of every believer. Offerings are a matter of proportion, whereas the tithe is a matter of percentage.
No Believer has a right to use God’s resources in any way they choose. There is a way that seems right to a man but the ways thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12 (KJV) (also 16:25)
What Then . . .?
The Lord has spoken concerning the whole matter. In the third chapter of Malachi He is recorded as having said, “. . . you have robbed me . . . in tithes and offerings.” The judgement for such an act was, and is, “You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed Me.”
What then shall we do? If you find that you have been guilty of robbing God, admit it! That is the best place to start. Remember, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 -KJV)
He, then, promises to “open the windows of Heaven, pour you out a blessing, rebuke the devourer and cause you to live in a delightsome land. What a promise! It can be your promise if you will but obey the living Word of God.
God is not impressed with what you and I do. He is only interested in whether we yield to His will, plan and purpose or not.
Obedience to the Word of God is critical to a fulfilling, fruitful life. “. . . Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
Where should the tithe be given? “Bring ye ALL the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house. . . , saith the Lord of Host (Malachi 3:10)
How much is the tithe? The tithe is a percentage matter. It is ten percent (10%) of the increase. This is usually ten percent (10%) of the gross pay check. The gross is the amount before taxes. This is a minimum and is required by God as His just due.
How can I pay my bills with ninety percent of my income when I couldn’t pay them with one hundred percent of my income? God has said that He would “open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing” if you would trust Him. He cannot lie and He watches over His Word to perform it. (Psa.119:106; Jer. 1:12; Eze. 12:25)