We have been through some really tight times financially over the last few years. During that time, we went through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and have been trying to implement the lessons we learned there. As hard as it has been, and as much as we tend to worry about the end of the month, there have been numerous occasions of God’s provision for our family. That is, looking toward the end of a month and running the numbers, we have thought, “there’s no way this going to work,” only to have something happen inexplicably, unpredictably, or even unbelievably to make it work out. I’ve taken to calling these miracles His Math.
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! ~ Malachi 3:10
This is the one commandment in scripture I can find that invites us to put God to the test, with the possible exeption of Exodus 20:12. We have found that when we are faithful to God with our tithes, he has been faithful to us and made the math of bills and income work in ways that just don’t make sense otherwise. Our pastor likes to say “we can do more with 90% and God’s blessing than with 100% and without Him.”
We’ve seen it work in several ways. I’ve seen blessings in our businesses, from new customers to new energy and motivation to do more at work. I’ve seen blessings with our bills, where we’ve had unexpected savings at times. We’ve had what I can only describe as a supernatural peace giving us the strength of will to do with less and say No to things we might previously have purchased on a whim. We’ve had unexpected help from family and friends just when we’ve needed it most.
It would also be easy to make the mistake of overlooking the non-monetary blessings of financial faithfulness. We have a blessed marriage, a close family, girls who are growing in grace and love, and are blessed in other ways to numerous to count.