Have You Been Robbing God?
I Have Been for the Last Three Months
by J.M. Troppello
Okay, so that title may sound like a strange question to some. However, if you’re familiar with the concept of tithing and the passage of scripture in Malachi 3:8-12, you’ll understand the reference to robbing God.
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessingThat there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.
(Malachi 3:8-12, NKJV)
How I’ve Been Robbing God
I’ve been a Christian for 33 years. I learned about tithing at a young age from my mom and at church. I’ve tried to be faithful with tithing through the years as a young adult and then after my husband and I got married 17 years ago.
One thing I have found is that God has always been faithful, even in those times when I was not faithful. He’s always provided.
I may not have had everything I’ve always wanted, but I’ve always had everything I needed like food, clothing, and shelter, etc.
Yet there have been times throughout my Christian walk that I haven’t tithed faithfully. One of those recent times is during the last three months. Our budget has been very tight. We’ve had some added expenses.
To be honest, I guess I got scared. I didn’t have the faith to tithe when the numbers didn’t add up. I feared that if I’d tithed, I wouldn’t have had enough to pay all our bills and regular monthly expenses.
Looking at the expenses and income for the last three months, I wouldn’t have had enough if I’d tithed. We barely scraped by without tithing.
However, not tithing did not honor God. We had failed to give Him the first fruits of our earnings.
God has been speaking to me for the last three months. The conviction of the Holy Spirit has been difficult to withstand. Yet, I have finally listened to His leading and tithed on our last paychecks.
Tithing on those paychecks was sort of easy since they were bigger than usual, and it was not a struggle to give that 10% to God. Although, with our current paychecks, they’re less than normal since we’d recently gone on vacation. That meant no overtime for my husband and less hours for me working on writing projects.
It is a struggle to tithe on these paychecks.
Yet, for the first time in a long time, I am standing in faith and tithing first before paying any bills or expenses.
It’s a BIG step of faith for us.
However, we’re trusting that God will provide.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19, NKJV)
The one area where God says to try Him (test Him) is regarding tithing. In Malachi 3:10, God says:
“…And try me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10, NKJV)
I’ve been repeating this passage of scripture from Malachi 3:8-10 a few times today. I needed the courage to pay the tithe first before any bills or expenses. Reading this passage several times has given me that courage.
I’m believing God will provide.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11, NKJV)
I know His Word will not return void.
Have you had similar struggles regarding tithing?
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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