Guest post by Laura W. Some of you will scoff… but I want to encourage those of you who are faithfully obeying the LORD. He will be faithful to you.
In the past I never really bought into to the whole tithing thing. I was somewhat cynical about giving money to the church. Sure I would throw 5 bucks in the basket every now and then but I was never really faithful with giving my tenth as we are instructed to do in Leviticus. (Lev. 27:30) I didn’t see the point back then. I didn’t really trust that God would be faithful to what His word says about tithing and pouring out blessings.
When I gave my life to Christ four months ago, I begin tithing faithfully for the first time in my life. God has always been faithful to me, even in the times when I wasn’t faithful to Him. There have been times when things were really tight but we have never gone hungry, all our needs have always been met and the bills paid. So upon turning to the LORD I decided I was going to be faithful to Him with my tithes and offerings.
Laura W., guest blogger
Recently, though, I was really stressing out because our car was acting up. It had been giving us trouble for some time, but it decided to completely break down last week. This was after we had already invested a lot of time and money into trying to fix the problems it had been giving us. So after taking my car back to the mechanic who had been working on it, I was told it was not even worth fixing this time and I might as well sell it for whatever I could get and buy something else. At the time I was told this, I really did not have the money to buy another car.
I was trying really hard not to stress out over it and trust the LORD because I know that He is ALWAYS faithful and I am never left wanting (Phil. 4:19). He is greater than any situation and all the money in the world belongs to Him anyways (Haggai 2:8). I laid the problem before Him and — wow — did He answer. He surpassed my expectations. He is so faithful!
First, unexpectedly, my husband and I both received e-mails telling us we had been awarded the “Final Stretch Grant.” This grant was only awarded to 2,000 junior and senior college students in Texas. The chances of us both getting this were about as good as us winning the lottery — twice!
Then, on top of this, I received a $2,000 check in the mail from a relative to “help with college expenses.” I hadn’t contacted this person telling them I needed money. I truly believe that God just put it in there heart to do this for me. For this money to come in at exactly the time I needed it is way too perfect to be labeled “coincidence.”
But wait there’s more…
Laura’s newly aquired 2002 Ford Escort
Now I had the funds to go buy another car, but I was still expecting that most of the money I had been blessed with would now be going towards this purchase. Amazingly though, we were able to find a 2002 Ford Escort in great condition with only 102K miles on it for only $1500! This car retails for at least twice this much. But the military family that was selling it had a baby on the way and just wanted to sell it quick because they had already bought a new van for more room.
Honestly, I don’t believe in coincidences. There is a purpose for everything that happens and “All things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
When all of this stuff started happening I was reminded of this verse in Malachi:
“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.” (Malachi 3:10)
That’s how I felt, like God was opening up the floodgates, and when it rains it pours! I felt like if any more blessings came I couldn’t even contain them. I also felt like God was telling me: “See, why were you worried? Am I not faithful to My Word?” God is ALWAYS faithful! He says in His word to “Test Me in this.” I encourage anyone, especially if you are struggling financially, be faithful with your tithes and see if He will not “throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing” you won’t even be able to contain it.