God said, “Try Me!” And we did. Guess what! He kept His Word.
Mal 3:8&10 says, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me!” But you say, “In what way have we robbed You?” “In tithes and offerings.” 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 blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
Back in 1969, when I was a young widow with four small children and living on a $250 a month income, I told myself that there was no way I could pay tithe and meet my needs. But the Lord kept reminding me that I should try Him. Finally I surrendered. When my next check came, the first thing I did was pay my $25 tithe. I was a bit hesitant. “God, I’m trying You,” I cried. “ Please don’t fail me.” Only a few days later, I received an unexpected check in the mail from a family member for $45. I cried and rejoiced. God had not only returned my $25 but added $20.
Shortly after that, when Emory and I met, I told him of my experience. So when we married we pledged that our tithe would always be our first payment, and we’ve kept that pledge.
Fast forward to forty years: We’ve never missed a payment, and only been late a very few times. No matter what the need, the money was always there. Emory most always had a good job, we graduated seven children from High School, bought and paid for two comfortable homes, always had dependable vehicles and had money to take our children on a neat vacation every single summer. And God is still blessing us at every turn. Any time there is a need He sends it from somewhere. Basically dept free, we’ve “Tried Him!” and He has never failed.
Some say the New Testament does not teach tithing, but the commandment came right out of Jesus’ mouth. . See: Mt. 23:23; Luke 11:42. Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees because they paid their tithe, but failed to live right. He specifically told them that they should not only do right, but to never leave their tithing unpaid.
Many of you who are struggling financially but fail to tithe, may ask? “Does it really work?” And I say to you, “Try Him!” He will not disappoint you.