Most Christians say they believe God can take care of them, but their giving does not match the weight of their words. One church member approached his pastor about his teaching on tithing and said, “Look, I heard the preaching and I understood what you were saying. But in our family we’re struggling. We’re barely making ends meet, and it’s hard for us to pay the bills. I’m not sure if I were to start tithing how I could possibly pay the bills.”
The wise pastor said, “Look John, if I personally promised to write a check to you every month to cover the shortfall and make sure your bills are paid as you’re tithing, would you then tithe?”
John thought for a moment. “Yeah, I would certainly do that if I didn’t have to worry about missing a bill.”
“So in other words, John, you’re trusting in me more than you’re trusting God to provide everything you need.”
Suddenly John realized his perspective had been wrong. This is not uncommon when we equate giving to the Lord with our other expenses. We forget we are giving to a God who has infinite riches in store for us. We lose sight of the fact He knows our needs and delights to supply them.
When it comes to our finances, we have great difficulty accepting and applying the truth of Hebrews 11:6, which says we cannot please God unless we are willing to trust Him. As a result, we stop at nothing. If God is truly a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, then what are we waiting for?
So let’s put first things first. Let’s put God’s giving to the test. Let’s prove we trust Him enough to give 10% of our earnings to Him, even if it means we may have a shortfall with our bills. Let’s watch as He works in ways we never could have imagined. Are you willing to try it?
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.