This post was originally written in 2011.
These days I am learning more about the way the Lord provides than ever before.
If I thought I understood once, I am clearly in need of schooling again. I remember the first time the subject of tithing came up. I was attending a Messianic congregation and the rabbi was talking about giving a tenth to God. I was very challenged by the idea.
At the time I had a $20 in my pocket, and not much else at home. I put it in the plate almost defiantly (I was only a few months into my walk with God) asking the Lord to show me what He meant in Malachi 3:10:
“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 you will not have room enough for it.”
That night I was singing in a bar and won the talent show with a cash prize of $50. You have to realize I almost never won when I sang in any kind of competition. The timing of my little win was not lost on me. As I remember I went another round on this subject with God the following weekend to find Him incredibly faithful. Since then, I have never questioned the wisdom of tithing.