Hello, Wednesday! This is fast becoming my favorite day of the week. This week, we spend our last week in the minor prophets and the Old Testament, then we move into the New Testament and Matthew! We are going to take a little WW break next week, because I’ll be moving and want to post something different. Isn’t it interesting, though, that my move date corresponds with the break between Old and New Testament? Hm. Going to have to ask God if He’s got a reason for that. At any rate, take a look at Malachi, then drop down and tell us about your favorite verse. Be ready to talk about Matthew on June 22!
Malachi 3:10 (NIV)–“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
Okay, y’all, this is one that I have personally tested, and it’s true. It has become especially apparent to me recently. My husband and I have been doing Dave Ramsey for a while, and we were looking back through our notebook full of budget sheets. Hon, back a few years ago, there is no way, no way, that we should have been able to make budget every month, let alone have one penny left over for “fun stuff.” When we first started tithing, I used to call it “funny math,” because if you looked at our income and our outgo, you’d think, “This will never work.” But when I’d sit down and write out bills, it always did. Always. There has never been a month where we looked at our necessities and our money and said, “Not enough.” It’s insane. (Now, there have been months when we looked at our wants and said, “Not enough,” but that’s different.)
I will always remember the time when I was in college and got a speeding ticket. There were issues with the officer who wrote the ticket (long story), but I hired the lawyer who worked in the office next to ours to handle it for me. Well, that month, I looked at my checkbook and realized I didn’t have enough money to cover my half of the rent to my roommate. Uh oh. Two days before, the attorney next door called and asked me to come over. When I walked in, he told me my ticked had been thrown out, and he handed me a check that EXACTLY covered my rent for the month, saying he didn’t feel right keeping my money when all he had done was take ten minutes to file a complaint on my behalf. For real?!?
It’s not always money in hand. We’ve had bills come in at half the estimate or less. We’ve bought new cars and had dealers offer us way more than the estimated value on our trade-in. We’ve gotten to the checkout to find the item we had to have was on sale for 75% off, and yes, I believe that’s God, because it’s money in our pockets. And yes, on a couple of occasions, there have been checks in the mail, but God’s a lot more creative than dropping extra bucks into your hand. If you ask me if I believe Malachi 3:10, I say yes, yes, yes a million times over. God tells the truth all the time, and He sure told it here!
Ever had God drop that kind of blessing in your lap?