Did you know God invites us to TEST HIM. Test him? Do we dare attempt to test God? Many would say no—trust, but don’t test. However, God truly does invite us to test him.
With what and how do we test him … and why? God tells us to test and see if he will not bless and provide for us when we trust and give to him from our resources.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
At the same time, trusting God with our resources and giving him our firsts can be a test for us as well. The Bottom Line from this weekend’s message is: The Tithe is God’s Test for the Blessed Life.
Years ago, I was in a financial struggle and desperately needed a loan for a rather large sum of money. I tried nearly everywhere to get that loan, but to no avail. As a last-ditch effort, I applied to a financial institution. On top of all the work it took to collect the information needed to apply, I was also praying earnestly for God to help provide a solution to my situation. Several days passed and I hadn’t heard anything from the loan officer, so I called to inquire where things stood. I was informed that they probably wouldn’t be able to help me. I was devastated, again, and truly at the end of my rope.
On my way to work the next morning, I had a very angry conversation with God. I told him how much I was hurting… how I felt abandoned. I had put my trust in him to answer my desperate plea through prayer. Yes, I was angry with God, but I also told him in that same conversation that I trusted his judgment—even if the answer to the loan was “no.” I still had faith that everything would be okay.
About two hours after I got to work, I received a phone call from the financial institution. It was the young lady who took my application. She proceeded to tell me how the loan officer was only looking at the “whats” and not the “whys.” She fought on my behalf, and ultimately, the loan was approved. God was up to the test and showed that I could trust him with my needs.
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
How do you react when you are tested? Are you currently trusting God with your finances? Have you ever experienced an overflow of God’s blessing from your giving? If not, are you ready to test him?
Talk to God about what your next step is in the area of giving. Decide to take that step today, and watch what God does in your life.
God, you have given me, as a follower of Jesus, the right to be your child. You have set me apart and called me one of your chosen people. I can now show others your goodness and be a light to them in this dark world. Help me shine your light so others can see you.
This post was written by Ned Miller, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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