I think if I was hooked up to a machine that measured your “risk taking quotient” like those machines that measure your heartbeat that I might “flat line.” Whatever the definition of risk adverse is, I think I might personify it. My “bucket list” is probably, by most standards, boring . . . my sense of adventure isn’t. Been this way since I can remember . . . I like to think “that’s the way God made me” . . . and so, I embrace it . . . I’m that part of the decision making spectrum. But I’d also like to think that if I push the envelope anywhere it’s in learning to “trust in the Lord with all my heart” (Prov. 3:5-6). And so this morning, as I’m reading Malachi, there’s an exhortation that’s caught my attention . . . and caused me to think about the need to be “all in” when it comes to seeking first the kingdom (Matt 6:33).
Bring the full tithes 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)
While I find the latter part of the verse attractive . . . heaven’s windows opened . . . blessings pouring down . . . no more need, it’s God’s challenge to “put Me to the test” that stirs me. It’s as if He’s saying, “Put it out there for for the kingdom . . . step out of your comfort zone FOR Me . . . take a risk ON Me . . .and see if I can’t be trusted.”
You got to think that bringing “full tithes” was a risky proposition . . . that making sure God’s storehouse was fully stocked while your cupboards were less than full went against the natural “me and my family” tendencies . . . that knowing that others were bringing tithes too led to the temptation to let others take the chance. But God says, Take a risk . . . Put me to the test . . . See if I can’t be trusted.
Doesn’t come natural for a natural-born non-risk taker. But it does kind of excite me . . . to try the faithfulness of God . . . to know experimentally that the steadfast love of the Lord never fails . . . to prove that His mercies really are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).
I’m not really a New Year’s resolution guy . . . but as I contemplate 2014, and whatever storehouses are to be filled . . . and whatever decision will need to be made, . . . I want to, as led by the Spirit of God and dependent upon the grace of God, put Him to the test. I want to be “all in” . . . and see the windows of heaven opened . . . and know the blessing of His presence as I seek to abide in His will . . . and, regardless of outcomes, need nothing more than Him . . . all for His glory.
Kind of out there for someone’s who’s mostly risk adverse. Kind of appropriate, though, for a follower of a great, great, God.