Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 15, 2014

Stealing Best

cb devo oct 15“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.” Malachi 3:10b (NIV)

Lame, diseased and discarded lambs seemed better sacrifices rather than wasting the best. Neglecting God’s laws and doing what felt good seemed preferred than honoring His Holiness. The chosen people of God consumed with keeping found themselves suddenly lacking. Crops failed. Enemies won. Why? These robbers of God stole away the best with no regard for the Creator – forgetting His promises and neglecting His commands.

Keeping first and giving second, third even last. It is the language too familiar when the heart wanders. We hold back rather than relinquish. We cling to things and squeeze out joy for the sake of keeping. Our endless resources cloud our judgment of laying down our best to God as though He wouldn’t give back in return.

Are we any different than the Israelites? A people endowed with great things. A land of plenty and little want. Wonder how God feels when He sees our keeping. Wonder what God thinks when robbing Him seems all too easy. Wonder how far God will allow us to go before He says enough is enough. Wonder when God pulls back the gift, the blessing to purify our wandering heart.

Those who returned, worshipped, served, obeyed and released heard His words echo, “They will be Mine, says the Lord.” His compassion would restore the ones whose exposed motives and desires yielded to His best. What was taken would be restored and set to overflowing when surrendered at His feet – giving their first, their best before all else.

“Father, we cannot out give, out do or out love the sweetness found in holy sacrifice. Help us to never forget – You demand our all – every treasure poured out will return in abundance.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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