From the archives of Oral RobertsFourth of seven parts

The second part of God’s promise in Malachi 3:10–11 is this: “I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.”

The word devourer can be paraphrased “seed-eater.” In my mind I picture the old serpent―the devil―slithering along on his belly, his forked tongue flickering out to eat all the seed that we haven’t sown to God.

What does it matter if the devil eats your seed? It matters a lot! Harvest follows sowing, and there is no harvest without sowing. What seed you don’t plant into the ground stays on top of the soil where the seedeater can get to it. If the seed is eaten before it is planted, God has nothing to work with to produce a harvest in your life. And if there is no seed to plant and nothing for God to multiply, how can you expect to receive a harvest of miracles to meet your needs?

Malachi 3:10–11 says that when you sow your tithes and offerings to God, He will rebuke the devourer ― the seed-eater ― for you. God will preserve your seed so you can plant it and receive miracles from Him.

God’s promise in Malachi is clear and valid for today: when you sow your tithes and offerings to Him as seeds of faith, He is going to be busy pouring you out a blessing that is uncontainable. So plant today. Don’t let your seed be devoured!

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