Friday, January 8, 2010

The Tithe

Yearly Reading: Genesis 28-31

"... And this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house; and all of that you gave me I will surely give one-tenth to you."  Genesis 28:22

Do you tithe? That is, do you give one-tenth of all you earn back to God?

I find that many people talk about tithing but I don't know for sure how many actually do tithe. My husband and I have tried to tithe over the years. We finally discovered that we were best off if we wrote the tithe check first before paying any other bills. Otherwise, the money would be spent on other things.

Some months it is a struggle. I always imagine what else I could do with the money or in what areas an increased cash flow would take away our financial worries.

I am always brought up short when I remember that everything we own belongs to God. All we have is a gift from God. Jacob promises to give his tithe if God will provide God's presence and guidance as well as food, clothing and a peaceful return home. God does that and much more.

Has God not done that for you?

God, we pledge to give one-tenth of all you give us this year back to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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