Usually it is not a good idea.
I won’t like the consequences.
I’m talking about testing God. God wants us to have faith in him and trust him. If I’m smart, I’m not going to test God’s patience or mercy or love.
With one exception.
There is one place in the Bible where God says, “Test me”.
He knows all the issues we have with money – it quickly becomes our god, we always want more and we’re willing to sacrifice our families to get it, we have trouble giving generously, we get in such deep debt that we think we can’t give. Just to name a few.
So God says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…..I will pour out blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”
I have attended a couple of different churches who sponsor a 90 day challenge for giving to God. People tithe for 90 days – no cheating because nothing is hidden from God – and they watch God move in their finances. If they don’t see God move, they get their money back.
But they never ask for their money back because God always moves. I love it! Test him!
And you will find out what those of us that have committed to tithing have found out – the refunds, checks for overpayment and unexpected credit to our accounts start rolling in. Regular stories like this –
I had a dental claim paid by my insurance and the medical assistant looked at me with surprise when she handed me back a check for $900 and told me that insurance NEVER covers this part of the procedure but they did for me.
My husband recently had a dental issue that was not covered by insurance and would cost $2500. Since we’re retired and live close to Mexico, we decided to try going to one of the towns in Mexico that is well-known for their good dentists, lower prices and more options. The $10 x-ray in Mexico showed that there were no longer any issue. If I wanted to be cynical, I could say the first dentist was just trying to get some money from us but we had gone to him for several years and he had always been the opposite – trying to make sure we got the most for our money and not doing anything that didn’t need to be done.
I prefer to give God the credit for that $2500 windfall. He decided to bless us! How awesome!
You would hear these kinds of stories from anyone who has committed to tithe. God is faithful and we can count on him to respond when we are generous givers.
I also believe God moves in how often our cars break down and our appliances quit working. If we are stingy with God, don’t be surprised with high car repair bills and appliances that keep having problems.
Through the years, we have given two of our older cars to charity because we know God will bless us more for that than the $700 or $800 we could sell them for. We recently donated a 2 year-old refrigerator to a church mission for the same reason. God knows.
When you and I faithfully tithe, we are putting our finances under the umbrella of God’s blessing. When we do that, he not only blesses our finances, he pours other blessings into our lives as well. These are things that money can’t buy – like joy, love and purpose. And more.
So much more pours out that it fills us up and starts to spill over to the people around us. The windows of heaven open up for us when we get our money in line with God. The more we give, the more we have. That’s God’s math. We cannot outgive God.
If you don’t have any of these stories, go ahead and test God! I know what will happen.
Thank you for your faithfulness with our finances, Abba Father.