I Dare You

Dennis Bailey Dennis Bailey

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

Two events transpired this week that served as the inspiration for this post. The first was a separate post I’d put up on Facebook from the Gospel of Mark about the widow’s two mites. The second was a mysterious and unexpected sum of money my wife received in the mail. The common thread between the two: the privilege of tithing.

Like so many others, this passage from Malachi is one of my favorites, but maybe not for the reason you might think. I love it because it’s one of the few places in all of Scripture where the Lord challenges us to trust him. More than that, if you read the passage carefully, it actually amounts to a dare. It’s like God is saying “I dare you to try and out give Me.”

Have you received an unexpected gift lately that you feel may have resulted from something you gave? And I don’t necessarily mean a gift of money. The gift could take the form of good health, peace in your marriage, freedom from anxiety or worry, any number of things. In our case, my wife and I have been tithing long enough to know not to take any blessing as coincidence. If you have been so blessed, don’t discount the possibility that God had a window in heaven open just for you. My old pastor used to say, “God can do more with 90% than you can do with 100%”

And remember, God really does love a cheerful giver.