I’m not sure how you feel about tests. Most people are not crazy about them. Typically people’s disdain for tests is related to times when they were the one being tested. Few relish exams in school or having their patience “tested” in every day life. Testing reveals. A test will show how much, or how little, you have of something; whether it is your knowledge, strength, character…
But what if you weren’t the one being tested?
What if you got to be the one doing the testing?
What if you were the one who got to examine the results of the test and analyze what had been revealed about the one who had been tested?
In Malachi 3:10 God says, “Test me!”
While it is true that tithing tests us in a number of ways, it also tests God. But here is the thing: God WANTS to be tested. Unlike us, He does not shy away from the exposure that testing brings. He wants his character to be revealed. He desires His heart and His nature to be on full display. But we rob Him of that opportunity by not issuing the test.
Read Malachi 3:8-10 (NIV)
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10 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.”
(Tithe is a word that simply means a tenth. The Bible tells us that a tithe, or 1/10, of all that we produce belongs to God; it’s His [Lev 27:30].)
God is gracious, good, faithful and desirous to poor out blessing. By tithing and “testing” Him, we give the opportunity to put His character on display.