10 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.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the fields, saith the Lord of Hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed, for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of Hosts.
(3 Nephi 24:10-12, Malachi 3:10-12)
After expounding in one the scriptures His listeners had already received, the Savior turned His attention to providing new scriptures which were not available to them. First, He instructed Nephi to write about a significant event which had happened recently: the fulfillment of a prophecy by Samuel the Lamanite that many people would rise from the dead after His death and resurrection (3 Nephi 23:7-13). Then, He shared with them some of the words of the prophet Malachi, who had lived after the time that Lehi and his family left Jerusalem.
In the passage above, from Malachi 3, the prophet challenges the people to test the promises of the Lord. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,” he says, “and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts.” What did the Lord promise to tithe-payers? He promised to “open…the windows of heaven, and pour…out a blessing that there shall not be room to receive it.”
Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants to bless us. Often, the limiting factor is our willingness or ability to receive the gifts He offers us, not His willingness to give them. Elder Brian K. Ashton has listed some of the ways that our Heavenly Father blesses us:
- Giving us our “daily bread,” which includes both physical nourishment and “the strength we need to keep His commandments.”
- Hearing and answering our prayers.
- Delivering us from evil “when we let Him.”
- Giving us experiences which enable us to “bear good fruit.”
- Chastening us when necessary.
- Counseling with us when we ask.
- Giving us the gift of the Holy Ghost which brings God’s glory—”or intelligence, light, and power”—into our lives.
- Ultimately, sanctifying us so that we can receive eternal life.
(‘The Father,” General Conference, October 2018).
That definitely sounds like a collection of blessings which are limited only by our capacity to accept them.
Today, I will remember the goodness of God and His willingness to bless me. I will ask Him for blessings, counsel with Him, and strive to open my heart to receive the blessings He desires to send to me and to His other children.