Prof. Emily Walsh – “A Giving Heart”

February 05, 2014

“You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me.  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:9-10

In Malachi, God is speaking to the Israelites who were failing to honor Him with their actions.  Some may believe this is only applicable to the Jewish people or is an Old Testament law, but there are various times in the New Testament in which our giving nature is addressed (i.e. 2 Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9). 

The resources that we have belong to God, and we are merely stewards of His funds.  Do you believe this?  Do your actions demonstrate this?  Some view giving as an obligation rather than an opportunity. But, giving is a reflection of our hearts and the gratitude that we have for the blessings that God has bestowed upon us.  Do not be afraid of scarcity because we serve a God of abundance!

In 2 Samuel 2:34, David describes God as being “like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.”  God created that sunrise and He can provide for all of our needs and more.  In Malachi, He tells us to test Him with our giving. So, try it and learn of His blessings first hand. 

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Prof. Emily Walsh, Assistant Professor of Business, Economics & Political Science

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