I’m going to tell you about something God laid on my heart a few weeks ago. So, I used to tithe regularly and often. I’m not saying that in a bragging way but just giving you a little history. We’re not rich by any means but we manage well…most of the time. You just got to have those new shoes sometimes, right? I looked at tithing as my duty to God because the Bible tells us too.
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. Every tithe of the herd and flock-every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod-will be holy to the Lord. No one may pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If anyone does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.
I remember the first time I said, “Hey, I’m going to start doing this!” At the time, I was working two jobs, a full time and a part time, seven days a week. It was a struggle trying to make ends meet at that time and I missed out on church, family time, school activities, etc. Then, one payday, I decided to give fifty dollars to a special charity.
A short time after that I had applied for a different job at a place I didn’t really want to go because I loved where I worked and the people but it had a higher salary. I prayed about it, aced the interview, and waited. One day at my current job I was called into the office and given a speech along with a bit of a raise and a new job title! See, I ended up at the top of the list for the new job but was taken out by someone with more experience. Well, my current employer found out that I was out searching and didn’t want to lose me. You may call it coincidence, but I know it was all God! He used that interview to change my life. I felt more appreciated and it gave me new energy in completing my daily tasks. I was able to pay off my vehicle and quit that part time job. I was less stressed and had more time to spend with my family. All that from fifty dollars!
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet, you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. Your are under a curse-your whole nation- because you are robbing me. 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 enough room to store it.”
Well, guys, fast forward a few years–second child, laid off from job, and tithing came to a halt. My spouse was our only income and it faltered as well. So any amount of money that came in I tried to hold on to it for dear life and pay bills as they came due or let ones fall behind that wouldn’t charge a late fee and catch them up the next month while letting a different one fall behind. We struggled yet always seemed to have our needs met. God was still looking out for us even though our faith and trust had faltered.
I have always managed our income and the bills and who gets what. When everything is financially stable, I feel in control. Control is something I had and have trouble relinquishing. Money began to rule me in a sense.
Fast forward a couple more years and God blessed me with a new job. I didn’t bring home as much as I did before because of rising costs of insurance and a new addition but we scraped through. Tithing was still far from my mind and remained that way for a couple years. God would occasionally lay it on my heart and I would look at my account and say, “No, I just can’t this month. I’ll do it next month.”
Well, a few weeks ago, God laid it on my heart again. I sat there staring at the computer screen showing twenty-five dollars left in my account after bills. I said, “God, I’ve put this off long enough. You’ve been telling me to do this and I’m going to trust you.” I donated twenty dollars to that same place that is special to me and took a deep breath as I clicked ‘Donate.’
Let me just say we serve a mighty God. Folks if you struggle with trusting others, God is the one you can count on to never forsake you. Two weeks later, I had a check come in the mail that was more than my monthly salary. The next week my husband had an unsuspected jump in his pay. All that for only twenty dollars!
But guys it’s so much more than that. God wants us to trust Him and depend on Him for our needs. So when you feel that small push to give whether to church, a charity, a family in need; do it! Don’t worry if you only have twenty five dollars to your name! Don’t do like I did for so long and get caught up in ‘Oh, I’ll do it next month.’ That phrase can drag out for the rest of your life and you miss the chance of blessings that God wants to pour upon you!
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
So, what do you say? Are you willing to trust God today?