When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them,“Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” (John 21:9-10 NIV)
Everyone of us is personally created by God. Everyday, we eat food that is provided by Him. Today, we come before his throne to repent, because in the past, we did not acknowledge Him as Jehovah Jireh, our provider. We believed that all that we received is from our own strength and ability. We thought that through our own cleverness and wisdom that we provided for ourselves. We have sinned against the Lord and fallen short of his glory.
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “
But you ask, “How are we robbing you?”
“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—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 there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 3:8-12 NIV)
Carefully consider how much of our lives do we give to God? Are there parts of our lives that are colonies, under the bondage of sin? If God is our portion, our inheritance, our Husband, than how much do we invest in him? Since the first commandment says that you shall have no other god before me, and since all our provisions and blessings come from him, and acknowleging that God created everyone of us, then all our lives, wealth, time, career and family should be in total surrender to God’s will.
Under the law, we are cursed. Offering 10% of our income as tithes to God is in the Mosaic Law. If we are no longer living under the law, living under the better New Covenant, we are no longer obliged to mandatory give 10% of our income. Yet this does not mean this promise of God in the Book of Malachi is void. God is a faithful God and He still seeks genuine offerings of praise and thanksgiving in faith. We are not bound by the law but it is etched in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, so that we can know our God. And our faithful God says we may test Him in this offerings. Hence, in genuine faith and not as an exchange or transaction, we should give even more of our wealth and time to God, and be blessed with his protection and a wonderful harvest.
After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!” (Acts 25:12 NIV)
Too often, when in need of protection and provision, we forget that God in omnipresent and omnipotent. We do not appeal to God, but place our hope and trust in others, our wealth, our local authorities, our own law, and our own beliefs. We forget to trust in God and the result is that we will find that everything, except God, will fail us.
To God, this is akin to adultery and idolatry, because God is a God of covenant, if we obey him, he will provide his provision and protection over us. Yet we are placing our hope of provision and protection on something else which cannot provide or protect. Medicine may heal us, but they are one of the mere avenues or habits which God may or may not use to heal. Very often, a crisis of lack of protection or provision is a timely reminder by God that he is God. Today, if you hear his voice, whether audible or through events, turn to Him rather than to worthless idols.