I have prayed for you this week. Last week we looked at God’s promise to “open the floodgates of heaven” (Malachi 3:10) – like the Genesis flood, to pour out an abundance of blessings. We have seen that God asks us to “test him” in this area of giving our 10%. This week we will look at his promise to “prevent pests from devouring” our income.
Let’s look at Malachi 3, verse 11. This verse begins literally, “And I will prevent pests from devouring your crops.” (NIV) It contains another promise that is connected to His promise to “throw open the floodgates of heaven.” Not only would God would “pour out” abundant blessings (v. 10); he also promises to “prevent pests from devouring” your income.
Have you ever thought about all the ways your income can be devoured? Most of us do not grow crops but this promise is still for us today. There are many things that will devour our paycheck, savings, material things and investments. There are many ways to make money. I believe there are even more ways to lose money or possessions! From emergencies, fire, thieves, accidents or wear and tear and the list goes on and on.
God’s promise is not only to be our provider but our protector. Again this is a good place to remind us that the same almighty God who can create from nothing, who speaks things into existence does not need my measly 10% when he owns everything in the universe. He can say a word to bring blessing or destruction. I need God’s blessing, you do too. I need God’s protection and you do too. By faith we tithe. By faith we trust God to provide and to protect. Why? Because he said He would.
Let me pray for us, “God thank you for your promises to provide and to protect us. We acknowledge that you are the one who can protect us from all that would devour us, our families and our incomes. We give as a way to acknowledge that you are God.” Amen
Until next week, Darrell
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We have been tithing 10% and as hard as it was in the beginning, we don’t even notice that the money is not there. Not only are we not noticing that the 10% is not there but it seems like I keep “finding” money. We have money left over at the end of the month. As far as blessings are concerned, we are closing on a ranch June 21st. Everything has just fallen into place for us to get this place. Our next step is to put our house on the market. Last year we tried to sell our house but we were pushing to sell it and would end up having to pay to sell our house. This year I feel like God is leading us to sell our house and I have people calling me asking if we will put it back on the market because they need houses to sell and because the market has gone up we may even make a little money. I will be happy just to break even.
Thanks Chrystal. So glad you are finding money and that there is money left over! God is faithful! I am proud of your faith. Darrell
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