The Windows of Heaven Blessing
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
Throughout the Bible God promises all good things for those who walk in His obedience, as any good father wants only the best for their children. Here He promises to open up the Windows of heaven and literally pour His blessings upon us, a part of our heavenly reward and inheritance.
But how do we “try Him” and just where are the windows of Heaven?
This verse is speaking in terms of being obedient to the tithe that belongs to God but the windows of Heaven blessing goes back much farther than that and we need an understanding of it to become operational in this area.
In the first chapter of Malachi God rebukes Israel for their lack of gratitude for all that has been done for them. They were provided much recompense in not only their outward circumstance but granted spiritual privileges as a result of God’s love for them, one, being that they were Gods chosen people. They were given unearned mercy for comfort (as we all have) and hope and were expected to be holy. Yet they undervalued these mercies as a defense for their own actions.
In the second chapter of Malachi God reproves the priests for neglecting their covenant with Him. This covenant is a covenant of grace that belongs to all believers, we are all spiritual priests. It is a promise of life, peace and all happiness in the here and now as well as in our Heavenly Home with Him.
There is no higher honor bestowed upon us that to be in the service of the Lord, to carry His message of salvation and hope to a lost and dying world and He expects us to be vigilant not remaining silent about it.
In order to do so we must consult not only the written word (Study to show yourself approved) but to seek His instruction as well as good advice from others who are also His messengers when it comes to the affairs of not only our spiritual well being but in how we guide others.
Ministers of the Gospel must exert themselves to the fullest when it comes to the conversion of the lost and be sure they are teaching sound doctrine, striving to lead holy lives according to the scripture as they present themselves as an example to those who look to them for spiritual guidance.
Those who fail to do so will mislead people; those who follow Him in obedience will walk upright in peace and righteousness and will be honored by God.
Just as the two books preceding it and the above verse speak of obedience they answer the question, that we ‘Try God’ in our obedience to His Word. In that ‘trying of God’ we are promised that He will open up the Windows of Heaven to pour out His blessings, again I ask, where are the Windows of Heaven?
In the illustration below we see a cross; representing the Cross that Jesus bore and hung upon.
When we accept Christ we enter into the door of salvation.
Upon entering this door the Windows of Heaven open up, pouring out the blessings of unconditional love, forgiveness, eternal life, faith and hope.
While we are housed behind this door we grow and mature as God tends to our spiritual well being, lovingly teaching and guiding us through the baby steps to spiritual adulthood and giving us His example of how we are to conduct ourselves. He feeds us from the milk of the word until we are able to eat the greater spiritual things on our own and prepares us to move forward.
At some point in our spiritual growth, just as it is in our physical growth it comes time to move back out into the world and by our obedience to Him take His Word out to all nations so that others can come to know His loving mercy and grace.
Once we have exited this door and through our ‘trying of God’ by our obedience again the Windows of Heaven open up and the continual flow of His blessings begin to flow out upon us like a river.
The sweet part about it is that now God is able to use us as a blessing to others. We become His vessels or fountains. Since we do not have room enough to receive all that He has given to us now we have become equipped to spread those blessings around to others. Bringing the lost into a saving knowledge and grace of Him, to lift up and exalt the beaten and downtrodden and to give a ray of hope to the faith of those who have become discouraged or weak for a new and better tomorrow instead of giving up.
Be good to one another!