How many times does God call out to us to return to Him? It seems like a recurrent theme in the Bible. It doesn’t matter what we do, why we turn away, or how many times we turn away. God is always there patiently waiting and calling us back.
Today the Bible opened to Malachi:
Return to me, that I may return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, “Why should we return?”
(Oh wow — don’t we do that? What’s in it for us, we ask)
Can anyone rob God?
I have reread this line several times, trying to understand what it is saying. God seems above being robbed — how can we take anything away from the one who has everything. But maybe that is just it. We take Him for granted. Because He is always there and we know we can screw up and still return to Him, I think we (or at least I) take Him for granted and don’t pay attention to the hurt that we cause when we turn away. He has plenty of others who are much better than me, what does He care if I turn away. As I reread this passage what I am struck with is, HE DOES CARE! How amazing and important is that?!
But you are robbing me! And you say, “How have we robbed you?” Of tithes and contributions! You are indeed accursed, for you, the whole nation, rob me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, That there may be food in my house.
Put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, And see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you, and pour down upon you blessing without measure!
Although this passage talks about tithes and contributions, it seems to be much more than that. Trust me God says. Let me show you. Put me to the test — put your faith in me — let go of your worldly possessions, your money, your fears that you will be without — put your faith in me “And see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you, and pour down upon you blessing without measure!”
I am sorry for all of the times I have robbed you, robbed you of my heart, my trust, my faith and my tithe. I do not want to turn away from you again. Thank you for calling out to me again and again.