“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Money can be a tricky thing. After taking over our family’s finances about a year ago, I was overwhelmed to say the least. My husband was so busy with his business, and I was so clueless about our situation that there were many bills left and right that hadn’t been paid for some time. I worked for a while to learn how to financially plan and be wise with what God was giving us. As I began this process and it started to become more of a habit, God reminded me of one thing.
Are we tithing?
Working through bills, for me, was much more than writing a check every month to satisfy the collector. To me it was honoring God with the resources He had given us. I wanted to pay things off, to be able to help others when we were able, and to give back to Him what He is due. As my family began to tithe, I quickly learned something very valuable. Tithing takes away your ability to control.
As a young, single adult, I didn’t think about how tithing helped me. It was never a struggle for me to pay the bills, and I always had what I needed. Being married, tithing has proven to be a different experience for me. There are times when the business brings in more than enough, and there are times when the paycheck is just enough to cover us until the next one comes. In those moments, tithing has taught me that I am not in control. I would like to be and often times have to fight that sense of thinking I am, but when it comes down to it, I am the last one in control.
“And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” – Luke 16:11
God is the one who gives to us. And when He gives, He wants to see if we will be faithful and honor Him with those resources. Part of my desire to become debt free is to honor Him. In the midst of getting to that point, when things are tight and I begin to worry about how we will make ends meet, He asks me to give back to Him. He asks me to let go of the worry, control and fear and to remind my heart who holds tomorrow and gives us everything we need. As I have done this, I have been able to see the faithfulness of the Lord as He provides each and every time that we are in need. Sometimes it’s a huge sum in a short amount of time, and sometimes a small amount to cover the necessities.
He asks me to let go of the worry, control and fear and to remind my heart who holds tomorrow and gives us everything we need.Click to tweet
I pray that every believer can experience this kind of faithfulness from God. When we trust Him with our needs and our desire to honor Him, He faithfully provides the resources to make that happen. And in the process, we get to watch Him be Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides.
Today, ask God to show you where you’re holding on to control. Are you giving back to God or are you like I was for a while, making excuses as to why I couldn’t? God doesn’t ask whether WE think we are able to give, He asks whether we trust Him enough to give. And in my experience in trusting God with finances and life, He has never come up short in surprising me with more than I ever imagined. Right now, for me personally, that has been in the form of seeing His faithfulness as He supplies all we need and then some. Trust Him…with your life, with your kids, with your future, and with your finances. And watch as He reveals His faithfulness to you.