Recently, I had a conversation with someone on the subject of tithing.
I believe that was a divine moment arranged to encourage that person to develop more trust in God, in particularly in the area of finances.
For certain, it is not uncommon for most of us to be preoccupied with money and practical needs (which is valid). Hence, it is always unnerving for anyone to even consider tithing.
And it does not help that our human reasoning would alert us to the fact that it seems ridiculous to part with money in order to alleviate one’s financial security.
But that’s what faith or trusting in God is. It goes beyond our reasoning. However, we can trust in our Abba God’s word to us (c.f. Matthew 6:25-34).
Tithing by faith
When we tithe by faith, we’re simply acknowledging Him as our God who provides and protects us as He has with Abraham, Jacob and Isaac and Jacob.
More than just parting with a tenth of our monthly income, it establishes our relationship with our covenant-keeping God; placing our trust in Him to sustain us and not in money.
All of us need money in order to survive and make our livelihood. But by tithing, we put money in its rightful position as our servant and not master.
More importantly, we put ourselves in our rightful position- in His Loving Hands- that declares out loud that “In God we trust!”