Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3 and 31 may be my favorites. I could write a blog about every verse in these two chapters, but I’ll let you absorb them for yourselves. One fundamental fact: God’s wisdom often seems contrary to worldly wisdom. That’s why He had to write it down. God is the only one who would have coupled mercy and truth. We generally lean toward either compassion or judgment. God is also the only one who could say, “Give me some of that and you’ll end up with more.” God’s the Creator, so He can make that happen. And He does. Ask any person who has made a habit of tithing, and they will tell you that God always, always, ALWAYS provides. And not only does He provide for us, He can do 100 times as much as the government with what we give Him. If you want to trust God, but aren’t there yet, this is probably the clearest way to see God at work. Letting go of cash is one of the hardest things for many of us, but find a church or a ministry that shares Jesus with people and commit to give a little each paycheck. Don’t hold back when money is tight, because you’ll need God holding the checkbook during those times especially. I cannot describe to you the way God can earn your trust through this one exercise.
I bet my Grandpa Fred can, though. As a child, he lived in a 3-walled room with his mom, dad, and brother. The 4th wall was a canvas roll-down. At the point where the beds met, there was a tin stove for which my Grandpa was responsible. He would wake up before dawn and start the fire in the stove, then jump back into bed and stick his cold feet on his brother. He had to stay awake and watch the stovepipe to keep it from getting red all the way to the tarpaper roof. If it got too hot, it could set the place on fire. He could barely read, but when he got his first job cleaning a chickenhouse at the age of 12, he began tithing. He never stopped and through the years, he always had enough income to make “loans” to people in need, buy his own house and houses for my dad and uncle, and leave a small inheritance for his grandkids. He talked country and told stories that made Grandma blush, but he was one of the wisest people I’ve known. It all began with learning to trust God through giving.