Yesterday, we talked about how money is king of the earth and how, even when we are in the Kingdom of God, it plays an important role in our lives. This is why the Lord gives us a set of truths in His Word that equip us to handle wealth His way, because He is the giver of all of it. Today, I want to talk to you more in-depth about one of God’s main financial principles — tithing.
The tithe is a tangible remembrance that everything you have is a gift from the Lord, and that no matter how much or how little you make, you honor Him by giving at least 10% of it back to the work of His Kingdom. In fact, it is the only thing in Scripture that God says to test Him in. In Deuteronomy 6, the Bible says, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did in Massa.” This references a time after Moses had brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and they were in the wilderness and thirsty, so were complaining that the Lord didn’t care about them. Exasperated with their lack of faith, Moses cried out to God that the people were about ready to stone him. The Lord commanded him to strike a rock so that the crowds could drink, but from that point on, He made it very clear that testing Him was considered evil in His eyes. This is why it’s very significant that He tells us to test Him in the area of the tithe…
Friend, when you test God, step out in faith, and give Him the first 10% of your earnings, I guarantee that He will meet you there! He doesn’t need your money, but He desires your heart and He knows that your finances are important to you. When you are willing to surrender this part of your life to Him, you are ready to give up control and lay your reputation and future in His Hands. Like a child, when you trust Him as a daddy, He is overjoyed and ready, willing, and able to bring His very best to your circumstances! Isn’t that wonderful news?