I grew up in the church, giving money to God. But I was never taught that my money for God needed to be first and that it needed to be a tithe. I didn’t fully understand how all that I had came from God and therefore I needed to place Him first, even in my finances.But when I was thirty and my husband and I started attending a new church, we heard a sermon about finances loud and clear. It reflected what Malachi states in chapter 3:
“Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you.” (Malachi 3:8-9 ESV)
Robbing God? Yes, I was robbing Him by not putting Him first in ALL things and holding on too tightly to my money. I thought that if I gave him too much that I would lose out on things for me. But that accusation was followed by a promise.
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” (Malachi 3:10 ESV)
Boy does He make good on that promise! Once we started putting God first in our finances, things started happening that confirmed we had made the right move. From time to time we’re hesitant to give a full tithe because things are tight, but we do it anyway, God always makes it balance out. Someone messes up an insurance claim, for example, then suddenly a check will come in the mail from somewhere else for the exact same amount. That’s not coincidence, that’s God.
Lord, thank you for teaching me to trust You in all things, including our finances. May we use all examples of Your grace as our testimony to our children and the world.