The Thought for the Week this week is written by Lorna Speirs

by Susie Jean Sharkey


“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.” Malachi 3:10

I’ve been visiting Ben in hospital 2 or 3 times a week for the last 5 weeks. I always park on the same floor of the multi-story car park and walk over from there. A few times I noticed the same car parked in the space beside the stairwell and then realised it was always there. Over the weeks I’ve watched it get dirtier and more dusty I even looked in the window and the interior was covered in mould!

I finally decided to check the registration number on the government website to see if it was taxed and MOT’ed - to my surprise it’s been untaxed since March 2017! So that car has been sitting in a far away corner of a multi-storey car park in a hospital for over 2 years - unreported and unmoved with no signs of it being taken away any time soon!

I laughed about it and thought nothing more of it until I was there again and saw it still sitting there rusting away in a forgotten corner. It’s a bit like areas of our lives - negative attitudes, things we keep hidden, bitterness, angry thoughts or deeds, parts of our personalities we’d rather not address. We leave them festering away in a dark corner hoping the light will never shine on them and they will go unnoticed. I believe God wants us to open up these areas to Him. He wants to shine His light into every shadowed area of our lives so that He can clear up the mess and remove the things that should have been discarded or dumped a long time ago. To be open to change and to make more space in our lives for Him. 

This verse really spoke to me in this regard: “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.” Malachi 3:10

Bring the whole tithe, all of it, all that you are, bring it before Him. Not matter how rubbish or battered or broken you feel. Allow Him into every area of your life and wait and see the floodgates of heaven open for you. Your life will be blessed and you will become a blessing to others. Your mess will become your message!