by Joe Alain

Ten Reasons Why I Tithe
Joe Alain
Malachi 3:6-12 (Key Verse, 10)

''Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.'' Malachi 3:10, ESV.

If we were to turn off the lights in this worship center, it would be so dark that you could not see your hand in front of you. It was designed that way so that the lighting could be controlled. The foyer area on the other hand was designed so that a large amount of natural light would be allowed in. Because of the square footage of windows, it's well lit even when the lights are off. An area that is dark and one that is light, both designed that way on purpose.

There is a time for darkness and a time for light. But sometimes the darkness is not a good thing. The Bible speaks of spiritual darkness either brought on by sin or ignorance, but in either case, both need the light shed on them. That's the condition that we find God's people in Malachi's day. Some were in the dark because of ignorance, most were in disobedience, but either way they were in the dark, but God wanted to open heaven's windows and pour out his light and blessings upon them.

The problem was that the people had turned away from God and it was chronic. ''From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them'' (3:7). They had left the lighted path of God's word and way. The symptom of their departure, to respond to God's love was their failure to pay their tithes. What grieved God the most was that their disobedience indicated an absence of faith and love towards him. Their faltering in the area of stewardship indicated a heart problem, they were far from God. But if the people would once again return to him, ''the windows of heaven'' would be opened, God would bless his people abundantly, he would ''pour down . . . ...

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