The Many Miracles of Tithing

June 2006

In June 2006, a couple of months before I made the decision to be baptised, I attended some Bible studies with my pastor (as is usually the pre-requisite). Having been a Christian since the age of 19, I knew a lot about Jesus already, and the studies I was learning with my pastor were nothing new. However, one day the subject of "Tithing" came up (tithing is giving 10% of your salary to the church). I have heard about tithing, but I never really understood it. No one had ever really explained it to me. I had of coursed tithed, but at a cheating percentage of 2% (not the full 10%) and it was just to satisfy my mother who nagged me about it; it never really came from my heart. And when it became a burden, I stopped tithing altogether. Indeed I stopped for years. So there I was, with my pastor, learning about it all over again. I was beginning to get bored until my pastor showed me this passage:

Malachi 3: 8-11

Do Not Rob God

   8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. 

      "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' 

      "In tithes and offerings. 

9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

My pastor said that we ought to set aside and give 10% of our income to the church, so that there will be food in God's house. The church workers need food, the building needs up keep and maintenance, etc. He then said that if we do this, God will bless us so much that He will throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for itIntrigued by thisI then raised the question,

"But if we give because we want to be blessed then we have a dishonest motive, do we not?!"

To my surprise, my pastor said,

"It is OK to have that motive, BUT only because God said "Test me in this". Because of this, you have the right to expect the overwhelming amount of blessings that He said He will give you. Malachi 3:9 is the ONLY place in the whole Bible where God said "Test Me". In other parts of the Bible, God actually said, "Do not test the Lord your God"".

Interestingly still, my pastor added, 

"Try it! - you will find that if you give 10% and keep 90%, you will actually have more than if you keep 100% for yourself". 

This intrigued me even more because Mathematically it does not make sense, and it certainly made me want to try it! I wanted to test God.

In May 2006, I gave my first proper tithe! My heart was still reluctant to let go of the money (and that's me being honest because 10% of my salary is a quite lot. I could do a lot with it, but nevertheless I gave it). After I gave my tithe, this is how my bank balance looked that month:

  • after mortgage
  • after bills
  • after petrol
  • and after TITHE
I had only £2 left in my account! 
How was I supposed to eat? How was I supposed to save?
If I gave again next month, I would be in the RED (negative bank balance).

For the rest of that month I had to ask my husband for lunch money (by the way my husband had never missed a tithe, he gave since the first day he started working (he's a pastor's son, after all)). I waited to see what will happen.

I knew in my heart that it may take a few months of tithing before I see any results, so I was prepared to give and give and give (even if I went into the red) because I was really testing God to see what He would do. Would He really keep to His word and bless me like He said He would? 

A mere two weeks passed, and I was now into the end of May 2006. My boss called me in for a meeting out of the blue. He looked serious. My work had been tough going at that time with many customers screaming wanting all their problems to be solved immediately. I was afraid that I was going to be cautioned, or worse still - fired! After he sat me down, my boss gave me a letter which he asked me to open there and then. I did so, and this is what I read,

"Dear Elma, we have been reviewing your salary and we thought you deserve a pay rise of ....." 

I was knocked back off my chair a 20% pay rise! I asked my boss if this was a mistake? Pay review happens in January, not in May (which is almost the middle of the year). And he answered with these very words that made me shiver,

"I don't know Elma, it came from above"

Of course he meant that it came from his boss's boss, but I knew in my hearts of hearts that it came from God! After all God is the ultimate boss! 
This pay rise was to take immediate effect. This meant that my May salary which I would receive at the end of May would have the increase in it. Thus, in turn, this meant I could tithe in June without going into the red! Hallelujah!

My boss warned me not to tell anyone because I was the only one getting this, and he didn't want my colleagues to start protesting and wanting pay rises as well. Do you know how frustrating it was to have experienced a huge miracle from God, and not be able to tell anyone about it?! I had to understand and respect my boss's wishes, so I kept quiet. However, in my heart were loud screams of praises and thanks to God. God had kept to His bargain, I tested Him and He passed with flying colours! He lived up to His promise.

When I got home, I calculated what the pay rise meant financially, and this is what I discovered:

  • God gave my tithe back!
  • I had enough for food
  • I had enough for savings

(not to mention the mortgage, bills and petrol are also paid for as covered previously).

I cried and cried and cried. I couldn't stop praising Him for 3 days. I cried every time I praised Him. What a mess I was :-)

June came, and this time I lovingly gave my tithe to God (without any trace of reluctance). I told Him that it's not just a cheque that has gone into the envelope, but my love as well.  I had never stopped giving since and neither has God stopped blessing me.

A few months passed and one day I said to God, "God, you said that you would bless me so much if I tithe, so what other blessings are you going to give me now?" I knew I was being cheeky with God, but I actually said this to Him light heartedly. He responded again. My boss called for another meeting with me. This time, it wasn't a pay rise, but a petrol card. He said I could use this card to buy petrol with and I don't have to pay (although I would get taxed on it). The petrol is for business mileage (which I never do), but also for personal mileage! I couldn't believe my eyes, God has blessed me once again.

Now, I have been telling my tithing miracle to my friend Paul. I told him that God has blessed me once again, but before I could tell him all the details, he stopped me short as he wanted to guess what my latest miracle was. Paul thought long and hard, and tried to think of the most ridiculous thing he can think of. After a moment of pause, he said to me, "Your car filled itself up with petrol..hahaha". Paul laughed thinking he was being clever, until I said "You're right, my car filled itself up with petrol - effectively!". Paul looked confused, I then explained what happened, that I had been given a petrol card. He looked quite bewildered and so it was my turn to laugh. God really spoke to Paul that day. No one could have read his thoughts, but God. I hope that one day Paul will see that God does exist and that he too can be blessed just like me.

Since the day I started tithing just over 2 years ago now (as I write this story), I have had 5 pay rises totalling a rise of 85% from my original salary. So my pastor was right, 

100% - 10% > 90%

In my case 100% - 10% = 185%  

This is not  a human equation, it can only be God's equation.  

I have also had 4 awards, a promotion, and numerous benefits. Incredibly, my name became well known for the work I specialised in throughout the various branches of the company world-wide. God also blessed me in other areas such as protection, health, etc. To this very day, He is a good and faithful God! 

There is power in tithing. TRY IT!  TEST GOD!  HE WON'T LET YOU DOWN. HE KEEPS TO HIS WORD. 

Glory be to God!