What a beautiful image and a beautiful promise!
Such a statement may make some laugh sarcastically, especially when so many people are facing issues of lack -- lack of housing, food, adequate finances, employment, love, water for crops or to drink, and on and on. Even governments are dealing with issues of lack in the form of out-of-control debt.
What has to happen in our lives for us to "get" this abundance … or to receive what God is giving us? Perhaps it's just a shift in focus -- focusing on God rather than ourselves, seeing what God is already giving us. Perhaps it's a call to action -- doing something for others or including them in our prayers. Perhaps it's a change of attitude -- letting God lead us rather than assuming we can do it all; being grateful rather than critical or disappointed. It may be different for each individual and different in each situation.
GIVE ALL TO GOD
Regarding the reference above: for the people in Malachi's time to feel God's abundance, they had to rededicate their lives to God. As we know, the Jews wavered in their trust in God. At times, they were fully committed to honoring God; at other times, they served other gods. The writers of the Old Testament showed that prosperity accompanied the Jews when they gave all to God, but captivity or problems surrounded them when they ignored God.
Malachi is trying to wake them up, trying to get the Hebrews to turn back to God. God is saying: Give everything to Me (the full tithe to the temple); trust in Me; serve Me; honor Me. Just try or test Me in this. When you really worship Me with your whole heart, watch the result. The result is that you'll have more than you'll ever need, more than you'll be able to receive.
If we want to experience the abundance that God has in store for us, then we have to be willing to give everything -- our thoughts, desires, family, friends, lives -- to God. This means that we trust God to take care of every detail of our lives. Sometimes this seems hard. But just look at the promised result!
PRAY FOR -- LOVE -- OTHERS
The story of Job also proves God's abundant blessings. Job loves and honors God and is blessed with abundance. But then he loses just about everything except his wife. He loses children, wealth, health, you name it. Then, when he's still at rock-bottom, he finds himself blessed by God even more abundantly. What did Job need to do or think to experience abundance?
Job's situation turned around only when he prayed for the very "friends" who hadn't been all that friendly to him: