One of the most famous passages in the Bible pertaining to money is found in 2 Kings. An apprentice of Elisha dies, leaving behind a widow and two sons in debt. As creditors are eager to collect the overdue interest, this woman seeks out wisdom from the prophets. Probably feeling foolish initially, she follows their directions, filling up jars of oil one at a time. In fact based upon Elisha’s words, this oil would flow until she ran out of jars. Although not money, the Lord supernaturally provided oil until her debts were paid off in full.
When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing, 2 Kings 4:6.
My grandmother possessed similar wisdom as an immigrant to this country. A survivor of World War II, she displayed frugality to her children despite how strange it may appear to today. First, she placed plastic over every couch, sofa and mattress to ensure it would last. Second, each spring she planted a large garden on the side of the house to lessen the cost of groceries. Finally, to avoid going into debt, she opted to walk to work rather than drive a car, finding a nursing position at a hospital in town. Looking back, my grandmother was the queen of stretching money as far as it could go.
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.
Today, the times may not be as bleak, yet expenses continue to mount. Added necessities such as cell phone bills, cable, the internet and insurances tend to suck up monthly pay checks before you or a savings account has a chance to enjoy it. Subsequently, budgets are created to promote discipline and good spending habits. Yet, even this can’t make money last. Beside finding the dream job or a position with ample pay, the answer lies in the principle of tithing. Somehow and someway, as individuals begin to give back to God the first fruits He deserves, an unexplainable miracle occurs, God provides. Whatever your financial situation may be, may God reveal to you storehouses in heaven as you fully tithe.
by Jay Mankus