Jesus has them write down some of Malachi’s words and then He expounds them to the people.
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (1)
I look forward with joy to that day.
He goes on to talk about His second coming, that the righteous shall be saved and the wicked shall gain a swift judgment.
Malachi’s words touch on tithing, how we rob God when we do not consecrate our tithes unto Him.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house; and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”3 Nephi 24:10
David A. Bednar, one of apostles, gave a talk about tithing and the blessings that come from it, that goes well with Malachi’s words.
…As we live the law of tithing, we often receive significant but subtle blessings that are not always what we expect and easily can be overlooked…
The imagery of the ‘windows’ of heaven used by Malachi is most instructive. Windows allow natural light to enter into a building. In like manner, spiritual illumination and perspective are poured out through the windows of heaven and into our lives as we honor the law of tithing.
For example, a subtle but significant blessing we receive is the spiritual gift of gratitude that enables our appreciation for what we have to constrain desires for what we want. A grateful person is rich in contentment. An ungrateful person suffers in the poverty of endless discontentment.”David A. Bednar, The Windows of Heaven, 2013
The windows of heaven have indeed opened in my life as I have kept this law, even during hard financial times. The blessings don’t always come in ways that I’ve expected or hoped for, but they’ve come.
Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals. And when we plead for relief from physical, mental, and spiritual difficulties, He may increase our resolve and resilience…
…I testify that as we are spiritually attentive and observant, we will be blessed with eyes that see more clearly, ears that hear more consistently, and hearts that understand more fully the significance and subtlety of His ways, His thoughts, and His blessings in our lives.ibid, Bednar
Those are beautiful blessings. One blessing I received when we were young married with small kids and with a lot of college debt and an A/C that went out in the middle of summer in Las Vegas, Nevada and not enough in savings to pay it all, was not a sudden influx of money. That would’ve been nice, and it was probably what I prayed for at the time. Instead, we acquired more debt as we asked our parents for a loan to help us buy the new A/C unit we needed to survive the desert heat. That extra financial burden pushed me to become a budgeting pro, which has helped me the rest of my life. A couple years later, monetary blessings came with the sale of our home, which helped us pay off our entire debt, something I’d never imagined when that dumb A/C broke and things seemed bleak.
I love this quote by our past prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley:
The Lord will open the windows of heaven according to our need, and not according to our greed.”1982
Temporal blessings can come from obeying the law of tithes God has given us, but the most important blessings that come are spiritual.
The honest payment of tithing is much more than a duty; it is an important step in the process of personal sanctification.David A. Bednar, The Windows of Heaven, 2013
Malachi’s words talk about how it can look like the wicked are thriving, “yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.” (15) But in the next verse, he talks about a book of remembrance kept before God and all those who “feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name” were written in it.
God does know our hearts and deeds, and will reward us accordingly.
- Are my thoughts upon God and His Son Jesus Christ?
- Do my actions reflect this?
- Could I do better, so the windows of heaven are open and let His heavenly light into my life?