Tithing Is an Act of Faith
For my husband and I, tithing can sometimes be an act of faith. There are still times when it pinches to give that ten percent. Maybe I’m saving up to pay for a doctor’s bill or a special trip, or my expenses were higher that month than normal and I really could have used that extra money. But by giving it and feeling the pinch, I’m trusting that God is going to provide for my needs. Basically I’m stepping out in faith, knowing that God will provide for my needs.
God’s words in Malachi 3:10-11 address this, as God commands, “‘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 room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
And in Matthew 6:26-27, Jesus says, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Give in faith. You’ll see how God takes care of you.
Tithing Is an Act of Obedience
Tithing is also an act of obedience. I don’t know why God asks us to tithe, but He does. My job is to do God’s bidding with joy, knowing that God is almighty and has a purpose and plan, even when I cannot see that plan. When He asks us to do something, we should do it—period.
As the apostle Paul writes in his second letter to the church in Corinth, “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” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Give happily because God asks us to.
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