In Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, there is a word most people avoid — tithe. In it God says He is robbed by not being given tithes and offerings. He tells us to put them in His “storehouse,” his church.
God makes a spectacular promise, with the only challenge in Holy Scripture; those who trust Him in this matter will have the windows of heaven opened and a blessing will flow out that cannot be contained.
At first, tithing will feel like you are in an icy river and in danger of drowning; a great shock. But a warm peace will come that increases faith in God, and that alone is reward enough. Financial trials and temptations may come along, and a miracle may be required to pull the fat out of the fire, but God never fails. I know first-hand.