Written by Clare H, Singapore
Tithing: the practice of giving 10 percent of one’s income to the Lord.
“Tithing” is a sensitive word, especially to someone like me, who has been unemployed for almost 10 months. When I had the opportunity to work ad hoc for just a few hours some months ago, the $210 I earned was precious. It wasn’t much, but at the back of my mind, I knew that I still had to set aside some of it as a tithe.
But there were other needs to consider. My husband and I had been trying for a baby for almost three years, and after much discussion and prayer, we decided to use the few hundred dollars I had earned to seek medical help. I was prescribed three weeks of supplements to boost my health, and the medicine cost $135.
A week later, while walking in a shopping mall, I spotted a backpack that was just right for my size. After much consideration and with my husband’s support, I decided to purchase the bag. It was a tough decision as the bag cost $54, a hefty sum for an unemployed couple. (Both my husband and I were taking a year of rest, as prompted by the Lord.)
Later in the week, while I was in the shower, I was reminded of how our Lord always provided exactly what we need. My mind drifted back to my earnings and I decided to calculate my expenses over the past two weeks, as well as the tithes that I should give. It was then that I realized that all the numbers fell into place: the medication and bag came to a total of $189, which left me with $21—the exact amount I needed for tithes!
As I stepped out of the shower, I couldn’t stop thanking the Lord aloud for His abundant provision and His great love for me. The Lord had not only provided me enough to seek medical treatment and purchase a backpack I needed, but He also provided me enough to give back to Him.
Indeed, in all things, God will be glorified. And I am just thankful to be blessed by Him.