“Since the people started bringing their gifts to the Temple, there has been enough to eat and a large surplus besides. We have all this because the Lord has blessed his people.” – 2 Chronicles 31:10
Over the past year, various topics on practical spirituality have been tackled on this page, most of which deal with our behavior and attitude towards money and wealth: Practical tips for a rich and abundant life; Don’t bury your gold coin; Don’t undermine the value of prayer; Emptiness is the beginning of wealth; Let money be your slave, not your master; Establishing good habits this Season of Lent; Making sense of credit scores; and Making our hearts fertile for the birth of Jesus. All of these support the spiritual foundations for personal financial planning. Two topics were more focused on the basics of financial planning like building your emergency fund and determining your net worth.
This year, more topics will focus on finances. The Prescription for Financial Health Series will touch many topics pertaining to personal financial planning. But instead of relying alone on the usual financial advice and solutions found in the marketplace to solve your financial problems, we will also make use of the power of the Word of God. We jumpstarted our year with the resolve to make changes happen in our lives using the power within. We learned how to use the words in John 4:4b as a mantra to initiate this change. We will be using the same process for the Prescription Series in the coming weeks.
But before we move forward, let’s touch on a topic that is a huge source of financial blessing and yet, only a few tap on this most important key to wealth. Tithing.
God would always warn the people in the Bible against putting Him to the test. But this is the only part that He actually urged His people to do so. “Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things. I will not let insects destroy your crops, and your grapevines will be loaded with grapes. Then the people of all nations will call you happy, because your land will be a good place to live.” (Malachi 3:10-11)
He is only asking for 10% of your income. Remember the widow in the temple whom Jesus praised for giving all that she had? That went beyond tithing. If you cannot afford to give your tithe, then you cannot afford the widow’s mite (excerpt from Running the Millionaire Lane, p. 29). Tithing is an exercise of faith and abandonment to the provision of God, a relinquishment of control over your finances. It makes sense to tithe especially when you cannot afford it. That’s when you are in greatest need of His blessings to free you from your financial hardships. If you have done all that you can to get out of debt and nothing else seems to work, try tithing. Put Him to the test. Just a word of warning though – He will also put you to the test. He will test your patience and endurance. But He does keep His word.
Tithing will set the foundations for financial planning. It is also one of the prescriptions for financial health.
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