God is Our Provider
The Lord is my Provider
I shall not want.
He maketh me to tithe in the midst of lack.
He replenishes my bank account.
He leads me in the path of wealth.
Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of poverty
I will fear no need;
For he is with me,
My Lord and Provider,
He Provides for me.
Thou prepared a table before me
In the presence of my lack,
Thou anointed my head with riches
My cup runneth over.
Surely your riches and blessings will follow me all the days of my life
And I will never lack nor need
Forever and Ever
Today I want to talk to you about God as your provider. There is no big miracle I'm about to share or reveal to you but I'm going to highlight what the word says about Money.
The principle I want to talk to you about is Tithing. A lot of you reading this may be wary of the whole concept or worse still, feel like it is not for you because you are living off pocket money and not earning yet, which seems reasonable to say but, the truth of the matter is it isn't. The best way to replace your wariness with trust is to test God in this area of tithing, as he explicitly asked you to, and watch him be faithful.
(Mal. 3:10–12) Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
I have been Tithing since year 12 but I was always one month in, one month out and so I never experienced the fullness of God's blessings in my life. However, I committed to Tithing completely at the beginning of this year (2017), and each month, as I have given God his rightful portion ( 10% ), I have seen the 90% I kept, go further than the 100% could ever have gone. The thing about this whole thing is that God's provision does not only come physically or materially but this provision is also in his favour.
As I reflect on the year, I see and remember all the times God has been faithful, even in my unworthiness. Though I don't credit it all to tithing, as God is inherently merciful, I am more than confident in saying that it definitely had a big part to play. If it wasn't in his faithfulness during my gap year when I went to Albania even though I really didn't think it was going to happen, or his faithfulness in getting me a colour conference ticket one day before the conference when the tickets where sold out and I didn't even have up to half the amount in my bank account to buy the ticket. Or with each month in Warwick when I could potentially have starved because of reckless spending LOL, but God provided time in, time out. I could list a number of things but I think you get the point; God met my needs when I put him first and he will meet yours too if you do the same.
Some of you reading this might be so sourced that you may not see the relevance of doing this because perhaps your parents are more than able to meet your needs. That sounds fairs, from a worldly perspective, why should I invest when I already have a steady source of wealth? Well, what I would like to point out to you is, you DON'T have a steady source of wealth as we all know, life switches up on you so quickly that, all that could be gone in a second. But, also, the riches God brings to you when you put him first are not solely earthly riches in terms of money but are eternal riches in Heaven due to your provision for his kingdom. God also blesses you with the unlimited favour and wealth that is not restrained by your parent's bank account but is, according to God's riches. So I ask you dear reader, which do you prefer?
The truth of the matter is that God doesn't need you and doesn't need your money either. You are the one who needs him. You need God's unending favour, God's unlimited wealth. God has everything in his hands, he is the one who gave you the money in the first place, he can stop you from having it if he so desires. God entrusted you with HIS riches and wants to see how you will steward it. If you can't steward £1000 by putting God first, how will God trust you will £10,000?. God doesn't need your money from you in order to love you BUT, if you want his extra blessings, you need to invest your money in his kingdom. If you can trust God enough to pray that he gives you good grades or anything else for that matter, you can trust God with your money. I have and he has blessed me each and every day and each and every month when I choose to put him first in my finances. You as a child of God, need to give honour where honour is due, not just in praying, going to church, celibacy, holiness or what not but also in obedience to God's commands concerning your riches, not for his sake but, for yours.
Will you follow his lead and put him first, trusting that he will handle the rest?
If you are reluctant, test God and just see if his promises come to pass !!!