Knowing there wasn’t enough money to cover the first-of-the-month draft payments and pay our tithe, we paid our tithe. Two days later we received a check for back wages Marsha was owed by her former employer of several years ago.
A couple days ago, I awoke with the scripture, “God’s Word will not return to me empty” (Isaiah 55:11), on my mind. I knew it was for me, but I didn’t understand until this morning during my devotional time how it applied.
Philippians 3:19 says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus,” and we in the faith movement like to stand on that. But, in context it says that (in paraphrase) because the Philippians church was faithful in giving, that God would supply…
It was out of our faithfulness in giving that our need was met. I know that the check we received had to have been mailed before I wrote the tithe check. But I also know that God, in His foreknowledge, anticipated I would write that check even though we knew we wouldn’t be able to meet our obligations, and He already placed into motion the response He had for us for our faithfulness in giving. God’s promise to provide when we are faithful was His way of showing us HIS WORD WOULD NOT RETURN VOID. “Great is Thy faithfulness, Oh Lord, to me”.
Regarding the tithe, God said, “Test me now this this, and see if I won’t open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing…”. We tested, and He poured. Praise be to God!