“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.” (3:5)
Hmmm. Sorcerers and those who turn aside foreigners lined up for judgement together. Interesting.
“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.” (3:10)
I love talking about this. God can never be out-given. He says, “Test me! Just try!” Our relationship with money is complicated and, of course, God knows this. It doesn’t have to be like that! Money doesn’t have to be your abusive overlord boyfriend who makes all your decisions for you and keeps you chained to a wall. We’ve got bills to pay, God knows! And He doesn’t need your money, He just says, hand it over to me so I can show you how powerless it is. You don’t have to need it either.
PLUS: “the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10) Look back at that list of wrongs up top and consider how they could be motivated by a love of money.
We’ve all got room to grow here. It’s an ongoing process.
God is patient, gentle, kind. The kindness of God leads to repentance. (Romans 2:5) Consider His tugs on our hearts and wallets. Do we trust Him enough to surrender one more thing? His plans for us are beautiful. Do we want that, or do we want to roll the dice on our own plans?
Let the Holy Spirit bring conviction where it’s needed and leave condemnation in its place (no where near those who are in Christ Jesus — Romans 8:1).
Monday we’re headed back to Jesus Town in the gospel of Mark. Have a great weekend!