Trusting God With Our Happiness

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:10 ESV

Do we trust God with our happiness? That is what we are doing when we trust God with our money. Financial resources represent opportunity. It takes faith to believe that giving away money will ultimately benefit us more than if we kept it all to ourselves. Many are so financially entangled that it takes faith to believe they can even afford to give at all. God's promise remains, test me by giving a "full tithe and contributions," and see if I do not pour out a blessing until there is no need.

A desire for wealth as a path to happiness is doomed to fail. When we are wise stewards and honor God with our finances, God blesses us because he knows our heart is not set upon our money but upon him. Some give money to the Lord for the express purpose of getting more of it, the get rich gospel has painted God as a material investment. Interestingly enough, there does appear to be a direct correlation between people who give and financial abundance, but this is not why the heart of a Christian gives.

Ultimately joyful giving comes from a desire to see God's will move forward in the earth. We invest in God's work because it is our work as well. We become share holders in the gospel, not simply to realize a financial return, but for the benefit of the lost.

When we are fully invested in the great exchange it is not difficult to trust God with our happiness. When we discover that true joy comes from being a blessing to others, we enter a deeper fellowship with our Heavenly Father. Investing our time, energy, and money in the gospel causes us to abide in his presence where there is fullness of Joy, it gives us access to his right hand where there are pleasures forevermore.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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