There was a time I was a single mom. I was young with two little ones to care for. I was working every odd job I could when my kids were at their dads on visitation those first few months. I had to work around my kids because I did not have the money for childcare that first year nor any helping hands on a regular basis. I had originally been a young stay at home mom all the years prior when my husband was working, with no college or skills. I had to budget every dollar wisely to get by those days as a single mom. Now before my marriage went to shambles God had been working in my heart on the subject of biblical stewardship and tithing.
Just because I was a single mom it did not mean I was excused from the test of tithing, this was what the Holy Spirit was laying on my heart. As I went to church one day at a new church I was attending, it was yet again heavy on my heart. He was actually in this personal test, asking me to give it all. I reasoned with the Lord that I only had seven dollars cash on me to last till my next pay whenever that may be. With two little ones to feed and to put gas in the car I didn't know how I would do it without the seven dollars. Now the tithe is giving a tenth but God wanted my faithfulness that day.
Malachi 3:8-10 [Full Chapter]
Can a person rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tenths and voluntary contributions. A curse is on you, on your whole nation, because you rob me. Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house, and put me to the test,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
Proverbs 3:9-10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
9 Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your income.
10 Then your granaries will be filled and your vats overflow with new wine.
I decided to trust God because of course it all belongs to Him. Why we would he prompt me to give and to actually give it all if He was not going to take care of me? God will not let his children beg for bread according to Psalm 37:5 . Faith is believing what you can not see Hebrews 11:1 and faith is action. So I set out to test Him on the tithe.
Malachi 3:10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
10 Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house,
and put me to the test,”says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
I will admit as I walked up to the altar to put my church offering into the basket I was a bit afraid but I made up in my mind to trust God more than I had fear. So I happily gave. I knew God would take care of us. I went about after that worshipping Him during the service knowing it would be ok. As I was leaving a sweet old lady whom I barely knew stopped me. She said God spoke to her heart to give me this. I thought she handed me a note of encouragement. I thanked her and hugged her and wished her a happy Sunday.
2 Corinthians 9:7Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
7 Each should give according to what he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.[a]
I went to my car to put the children in their car seats. I sat ready to drive when I felt I couldn't wait to read the sweet note. I opened the paper and there was no note but a check for 70 dollars! She did not know me or my situation. She did not know the test God was doing in me that day. Only the Holy Spirit knew. I sat crying. I sat crying at her sweet giving. I sat crying at my God who does what He says He will. God turned my 7 dollars into 70 within the hour and took care of me! He is always faithful.