Before the Gap – #9
It is possible to steal from God. There are several things that belong to God and any time we take those, it would be considered robbing God. Read Malachi 3:8-15.
“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 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. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes, ” says the Lord of hosts. “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts. “Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the Lord . “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts? So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'”
Malachi 3:8-15 NASB
The people didn’t think it is possible to steal from God. Yet God wanted them to understand any time we withhold something from God that is his, that is stealing from God. Are we giving God the things that belong to him? Or do we claim ownership over the things that we really don’t own at all?
God allows us the opportunity to manage some of his possessions for him. However, the way in which we manage these possessions will determine whether he can trust us with more. Do we do what God would do with possessions? Do I recognize God’s ownership of everything and do we do with them what God would want done with these things? It really all comes down to how we do the things that are around us? The possessions in our homes and everything that we have that we consider ours, actually belongs to God. How are we using God’s possessions? Are we robbing from God by not using his possessions the way in which he would use them?