In the midst of COVID-19, millions have suffered at the hands of this crisis and lost so much in a short amount of time. People have lost their jobs, their health, and many have lost their lives.
If you are fortunate enough to be among the ones who have not suffered in these ways, count your blessings. It is times like these that lack makes you grateful for the little.
I know because prior to this pandemic, I used to complain about my job and the salary it provided. That is until the threat of loss came against that salary.
With so many companies resorting to massive layoffs and furloughs, the company I work for was no exception. Several employees were furloughed for an uncertain amount of time, and the new norm for those whose salary exceeded a specific amount would be a 12% cut in pay. Me, I just barely missed the threshold for the cut.
Hundreds of people adversely affected, and He thought enough of me to preserve resources for my house. God is faithful y’all! I was reminded to count my blessings and not my burdens.
In Psalms 91:14 (NLT), The Lord says, I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. God takes care of His people. That’s why I am a firm believer in tithing and giving back to God.
Some question its validity as it relates to God and Christianity. However, I know it to be true that if you take care of God’s house in prosperity, He’ll sustain your house in adversity.
There have been times when I had no money in the bank and no idea how I was going to pay the bills. Yet, I’d receive a surprise check in the mail, or an unexpected monetary blessing to cover my need.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.“
Philippians 4:19, NLT
I like to think that’s because the tithes I gave in abundance were seeds sown for the lack I’d later experience. You see, blessings are not just tangible things like money, cars, houses, and spouses. It’s also the intangible things we cannot supply ourselves like good health, protection, and favor.
God just gave me back what I gave Him in the time I needed it most. Some people perceive tithing as paying the pastor when it’s really an investment into future glory.
The many great things that happened in my life and the many horrible things that didn’t, I attribute to God rewarding my faithfulness with His. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV)says, but the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
Honor God with the sacrifice of the tithe, praise, and time and He will show Himself faithful in everything concerning you.
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