If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. A person or couple decides to write a first tithe check, and within days they receive back the same amount from an unexpected source—often to the penny.
I heard it again Saturday night. Our church elders and I were praying over a man and his wife. He smiled as he told us his story.
His wife and he felt compelled to start tithing—giving 10% of their income to their church. They dropped their first check in the bowl two Sundays ago.
That week, the man’s boss called him into his office. He basically said, “Look, we can’t afford this as times are really tough right now, but we absolutely have to give you a raise.” And of course, the weekly net for the man was almost to the penny what he and his wife had given just days before.
No wonder the man was smiling. So I turned and asked our elders, “How many times have you heard that story.” They just smiled and took turns answering: Hundreds, countless, over and over . . . ”
It happens so frequently—and by it I mean that a person or couple writes a first 10% check to his/their church and within hours or days they’ve got it back from a surprising source—I’ve started calling it God’s Auto Reply.
It’s like God wants his people to know—sometimes instantly—that he honors obedience. That’s why people who give 10% or more of their income aren’t surprised when they hear stories like this—it’s happened to them too.
God really is faithful. He really does honor giving and obedience. And you can’t out give him. No way. The more you give and invest in his Kingdom, the more he’ll give in and invest in you.
Still not convinced? Try it. Just try it. The next time you get paid, before you pay any bills, write a check and give 10% of what you just got to the church you attend. Then don’t put it in a drawer or sit on it until everything else clears. Mail or deposit it immediately.
Then, pray, watch and wait. What’s going to happen? Let me let God answer that one:
“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 there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10
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