Welcome to day 33 of our 40 day devotional of praise and testimony!
Malachi 3:10-11 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine 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. 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 field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Giving God His tithe has always been easy for me. My parents tithed, and from my first paper route, they taught me to tithe. Giving a tithe on $3.00 weekly earnings was not difficult. However, I have always had a great respect for folks who were saved when they were in mid-life, and making $52,000 a year. Learning to tithe by giving $100 a week must be a lot more difficult than learning to tithe by giving three dimes. My dad passed on to me an important lesson he learned about tithing. Toward the end of the depression his finances were so tight that he thought he would borrow God’s tithe for a few months until he graduated from veterinary school. He kept close track of what he owed, but continued to fall farther behind. Finally the Holy Spirit convinced him to borrow the money to live on if he had to, but to catch up on the tithe. Once he did that his finances began to straighten out, as God provided in unusual ways. This lesson served me well when I was out of work for an extended period of time without unemployment ompensation. We continued to tithe the few dollars we made here and there, and after the tithe we bought a few groceries and made partial payments on bills. The morning that we ran out of cereal and bread, one of the boys said, “Dad, I’m still hungry.” As I ran to the bedroom with tears flooding my eyes, and opened my Bible to reread God’s promises and pray, Donna came in and said, “It’s ok, I found something he can eat.” That day, God seemed to be satisfied with our commitment as money began to arrive from the most unlikely sources and I soon found new employment. Following that lesson, we began to learn the blessing of giving above the tithe. Helping others in need, previous capital campaigns, financially supporting friends and relatives on the mission field and giving to Christian organizations has returned multiplied blessings to us. Our God sure is generous. (Philippians 4:19)