Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, December 9th, 2011
You Can't Out-Give God
'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.'
Malachi 3:10 (NAS)
Tithing used to sound like a Christian gimmick to me. Loud television pastors and crying women with too much makeup starred in a church drama I did not want to join. I heard stories about lavish lifestyles, and I witnessed more than a few preachers fall from grace.

But when I became a committed Christian, I discovered that giving my best to God is an agreement between Him and me. What preachers, charities, or street people do with the money I give is not a concern for me. I give to God. What happens to my gift once it leaves my hands is between God and them.

Furthermore, I know that anything I give in good faith, God Himself repays many times over. He multiplies my money, efforts, time, and strength supernaturally. When I go the extra mile, He circles the world to come to my aid. The Bible teaches this lesson repeatedly; God even tells us to 'test' Him on the issue of giving, and it's not just about money.

Recall the stories of two sons in scripture. Isaac was the late-in-life treasure of his father, Abraham; he was the son who would make Abraham's descendants as numerous as 'The stars of heaven' (Genesis 26:4). But God told Abraham to give Him Isaac! At the point of death, God withdrew His request.

Abraham passed his biggest test to become a father to the Jewish nation--as well as to every committed Christian.

Later, God gave His Own Son, Jesus, to a gruesome trial that went beyond the point of death. We cannot imagine God's sacrifice and sadness to see His Only Son suffer so much.

We can't out-give God.

Give God a dollar. Watch Him give back more. Give a coat or a car, a compliment or a helping hand. He will return your gifts, multiplied. Run to Him as hard as you can and as fast as you can until you have no strength left. God will carry you over the finish line with inexplicable energy. God gives solutions for problems, beauty for ashes, and life for death--all in great abundance.

You can't out-give God, but it sure is rewarding to try.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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