Money Matters

Money Matters: Tithing & Smart Spending

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.”” – Exodus 16:4

As a Christian, I know for certain that our God is the Owner of the silver and the gold and He blesses us with wealth and all the good things. Food on our table, clothes on our backs and the little pleasures in our lives, God always has it covered. I also know that God is the Owner of the cattle on a thousand hills and He opens the windows of heaven if I pay my tithe, and according to His mercy.

But…

Sometimes I don’t have a kobo.

There were times in the past when I overspent money and then I’d start praying with  “For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land”. Obviously, God didn’t send me to buy human hair or go on Retail Therapy so I would have to ride those months out.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” – Philippians 4:12

There have also been times when by no fault of mine, but due to unforeseen circumstances and commitments, I’d have so little to live on or have to fall back on savings. But thankfully, like Paul, I’m learning to thrive in little and in much. I’m also learning that even though God owns everything, sometimes there are seasons of drought – to teach me to rely on Him alone, and to teach me to prepare for such seasons. I’m learning to delay gratification and not buy anything that is not necessary. I’m learning to tithe no matter how bad the budget is looking. I’m learning to budget so I don’t have to borrow, and above all, I’m also learning to reach out to other people.

God will supply all our needs, but we also have a part to play. Tithe. Spend money wisely, on things that will bring you lasting joy, not temporary euphoria. Save, no matter how little; it will come in handy. Budget, so you won’t be prone to frivolities and as much as you can, spend money building your dreams. Be flexible, learn to adjust according to times. It’s not really your money, it is God’s. So imagine how He would react if you had to account for everything you spend on. 

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