Have you ever read the book of Malachi? 

You should. It’s a good one. 

I read through it the other day, and felt chastised and refreshed. 

Chastised because at the beginning, it talks about how God absolutely abhorred the second-rate sacrifices that His people were making. Those lame and sick animals? Yeah. They just weren’t cutting it. God says that He would rather have had no sacrifice at all

Sometimes I make half-hearted commitments to God. Or maybe I mean them genuinely at first, but don’t follow through on them. And the thought that God would rather I not bother making them if I don’t plan to honor them? 

Well, that just stings. 

God wants faithfulness from me. “Guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.” -Malachi 2:16. It’s talking about husbands and wives, but I think it applies to my relationship with God as well. 

I love Malachi 3:10. “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.” 

Pour everything into God. Just do it. Give it all. The full tithe. Give him everything so that he has something to work with. Then you put him to the test. He says you can. Just see if he won’t “open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need”. I think that is beautiful. So often, I view blessings as an extravagant thing. Something big and dramatic and unexpected. And they can be that. 

But what I have forgotten is that blessing can also simply be God supplying your needs. Fulfilling you so that you need no more. That is what I am experiencing this summer. God taking care of me. I could not have asked for a better summer. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be here, learning like this, with and from people like these. I would never have dreamed up anything as  great as this for myself. I guess that God’s imagination is bigger than mine.