An Uncertain Economy Certain With God
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we
robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Politicians and financial people would have you think what the cause of the weak
economy is. The problem is, no one is certain just what caused the downward spiral
that resulted in foreclosures, job losses, rising prices, leading to “bailouts” for certain corporations.
No one that is, except God Himself.
The cause as well as the solution to our failing economy is as close as your Bible.
The above verse is chilling enough, in fact, when I first read it years ago, it sent chills down my spine to even think that it was possible to rob God. But what is more
shocking is the answer. Even mind-boggling still is the effect such an action has on
an entire nation.
The economy was set up by God, with rules to ensure that it ran smoothly. This is
based on the fact that God owns everything, and these commandments are for every
man to follow, not just Christians. The gold and silver are his, even the cattle on a
thousand hills. In short all of Earth’s resources belong to the Lord. (See Psalm
50:10-13). Man has been given stewardship over these resources. The problem
comes is when these resources are managed irresponsibly, the results are
disastrous, as we see now. And it’s only going to escala1te until man recognizes
God’s Sovereignty. Greed, which is a sin, has brought down this economy, and when
God doesn’t receive what is due Him, its the same as shoving a gun in a person’s
back, and saying Stick ‘em up.
Man has robbed God through failure to pay tithes and offerings. Without going into
lengthy detail, tithes are a tenth of one’s income dedicated to the Lord. It is set up to fund God’s economy. Offerings are given according to the individual’s prosperity, or as the Lord directs; in other words, God may lay it upon a person’s heart to give a certain amount. As a minister, I never subscribed to ministers “cattle prodding” , or literally shaming members into giving. Offering giving is a free-will gesture, and should be given cheerfully. The attitude or spirit of the giver is just as important as the amount given. The passing around of the offering plate should be a joyous part of the service.
The result of man’s robbing God is explained later in the third chapter of Malachi. The nation is cursed. I believe America is cursed for this very reason; it is a nation that has robbed God; a nation that is using His resources for its own excesses.
The solution is simple; give God his due. God imposes blessing when his
commandments are met, and this situation is no different. (See Malachi 3:10-13.)
Failure to obey God’s commandments are met with serious consequences, however,
blessings abound when an individual or nation obeys his will.
Psa 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt