God asks us to tithe so that he can display his goodness and care to us. But instead, we ask this. “But what about me? But is there enough for me?” To which I say, “God forgive us our buts!
But is the word we use when we want to completely reverse the meaning of the earlier sentence.
“I trust God in all things, BUT I don’t trust him to keep his word.”
“Oh, yes, I believe in God, BUT I don’t trust him to provide for me.”
Oh, yes I am a faithful follower of Christ, BUT I don’t know if he has enough resources for me”
The truth is that we don’t trust, believe or faithfully follow God at all.
If we did, we would trust him in and for all things, including provision.
Here is God’s expectation and his promise.
“Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day.
“You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’
“The tithe and the offering—that’s how! And now you’re under a curse—the whole lot of you—because you’re robbing me. Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple.
Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams. For my part, I will defend you against marauders, protect your wheat fields and vegetable gardens against plunderers.” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.(Malachi 3:8-11, MSG)
So, what about me? And you? And God?