Malachi 3:10 says:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. 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 there will not be room enough to store it.”
All throughout scripture, God tells us not to test him except for in this single verse. When God speaks through the words of Malachi and says “test me on this”, we see that it is both a command and a promise. Money and possessions are universal. Almost everyone has something, of which he can part with a tenth. This means that the promise of Malachi 3:10 is available to everyone.
God doesn’t need our money. He just wants us to develop a faith that’s big enough to trust him as we give it away. For God to pass the test he set up for himself, he has to respond to our tithing by pouring out abundance on our households.
Every pastor must have enough faith to teach this principle and trust God to do what he said he would do. Yet countless pastors neglect to ask because they fear making their congregants uncomfortable. They need to remember that we serve a God who says the stars and planets are but vapor in his breath. Your finances may be a big deal to you, but never to God. Trust him. Test him.