“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try 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 such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
In times past, self-discipline was needed to set aside a portion of every harvest to provide seeds for the next year. There is a parallel when it comes to tithing of our resources to the Lord.
Israelites were required to “honor the Lord with…the firstfruits of all [their] increase” (Proverbs 3:9). God promised to bless the Israelites as long as they continued to honor Him with their tithes (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). Even before the Mosaic Law, Abraham gave a tithe to the priest of God, Melchizedek, showing it to be a long-standing norm for God’s people (Genesis 14:20). And Malachi showed the post-Babylon nation that they were robbing God of His tithe.
If you are not already tithing, begin to set aside a tenth of God’s provision as an offering of thanks to God—a way to honor Him for His blessings.
Giving in a regular, disciplined, generous way—up to and beyond the tithe—is simply good sense in view of the promises of God. John Piper
Trust God in Your Giving