B is for Blessing
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)
I few years ago, an Elder from church, who was visiting me my home, asked me this one question – What were the blessing of being a faithful tithe payer? – As I sat there pondering, I soon realized that I didn’t know. Yes, I could have given him a general answer, but I felt he was asking me what blessing I had received by being obedient to this one commandment. In the end, I replied I didn’t know. We talked for a while and then he left. Throughout the following week, I continued to pray and ponder upon the question – I too, wanted to know what the blessing was that the Lord had for me?
The answer came, but as with all things the Lord does, it wasn’t what I expected. Here are a few of the blessings that came to me that week and since; a much-needed bus ticket from a stranger, a £5 note, a lift by car, lunch from a friend, never going without a meal, ready cooked meal for all my family, always having enough money to pay the bills…
Did I see a ‘burning bush?’ No, I don’t believe I did – no huge blessing that everyone else could see, but no belly went unfilled, no bill went unpaid and thanks to the Lord I may have officially been homeless four times in my life, but I have never lived on the street. The Lord, continually pours out a blessing for me and when I think about it, I never have room to contain it.