We just finished up a sermon series at church called “In The Zone.” The series was primarily about money and possessions and how to use them in such a way as to honor God. One of the coolest things I learned in preperation for the series was how God wants to open the “floodgates” of blessings on our lives if we will honor him with the way we manage our possessions. God says in Malachi 3:10:
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 you will not have room enough for it.
Interestingly, this word, “floodgates” is only used a few times in the Bible. The first time it was used was in the context of God’s judgment on the world through the flood in the time of Noah:
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. Genesis 7:11
In the same way that God opened the floodgates to pour out all the water for the flood, he wants to open the floodgates of blessing on our lives if we will honor him with our possessions/finances. What a promise. In these difficult economic times, we have all the more reason to put our trust in the promises of God with our financial lives.
Katie and I really enjoyed the sermon series. It was especially topical as we continue to figure out our budget and money management as a married couple.