“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test 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 a blessing until it overflows.
Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
The people of Israel were in deep poverty. If they had tried to practice Malachi 3:10, they would probably have said that if their ten loads of rice were insufficient, how could nine loads possibly be sufficient; if their ten bags of flour were not enough, could nine bags be enough? Such foolish words are those spoken by natural men. God reproved the people of Israel by saying, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26). “Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, . . . and prove me now herewith,. . . if I do not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
May I tell you that ten loads is the reason for poverty while nine loads is the cause for abundance. One might reckon that the more he has in hand the better his financial condition. But such a one does not know that this is the basic reason for his poverty. If we bring to God, we enter into blessing; if we retain in our hand, we will be cursed. The extra load we bring to God’s storehouse will become our blessing; if we withhold it, it will be our curse and even the other nine loads will be swallowed up. In keeping back that which belongs to God, we shall see poverty.
Proverbs 11:24 (NASB)
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.
God’s principle of government in material things is the principle of the manna, “…he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack;” (Exodus 16:18; 2 Corinthians 8:14). When we bear the burden for those who gather little, God sees to it that we gather much; but if instead we think merely of our own needs, the very utmost we can hope for is to gather little and have no lack.
Many do not scatter, so they have nothing left. But they who scatter become rich before God. This too is shown us by God’s Word and is financial scattering for God. Those who have only learned to take seldom receive; but those who have learned to give are always receiving and have always more to give.