On Monday evening it was my turn to teach our family night. I wondered what aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ would be the most meaningful for our family. I thought about the many things He taught, his example and the stories that make these things real, yet nothing stuck out to me. Then ever so quietly I felt that I should teach about tithing.
In Malachi Chapter 3 we read…
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may bemeat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
As the Lord commanded the children of Israel to pay their tithing, He offered them countless blessings for doing so. I have always looked at these blessings and wondered how they are truly manifested in my life.
I asked our little family why they choose to pay tithing (1/10 of our increase). Their answers were as follows:
- It is a commandment
- It is an important principle of the Gospel
- To be worthy to receive the blessings that are promised
As I thought about everything that has taken place in our lives over the past couple of years, my reasons have changed as much as our lives. I have come to the place in my heart that I pay tithing out of gratitude for all that He has given us. I know that everything we have received has come from His goodness. I know that without this we would be lost.
The blessings have been innumerable in our lives. I had often thought that the ‘windows of heaven’ was more money, in that I was very short-sighted. As we talked, I learned that blessings that have come from our windows have been deeper than money. We have become so close as a family, it is a relationship that I cherish beyond everything else. My knowledge of the Love of God has grown…He has never left us alone. I have found deeper strength…a strength I never knew I had. I have found courage to face the ‘lions’ that threaten to take me down. I have found faith to take the next step into the darkness, especially on a path that leads me somewhere new.
The blessings that have poured out have been incredible and very personal. He has done just as He promised, for the ‘devourer’ has been rebuked time and time again. We have been taught what is most important and to always trust in Him. These are blessings that will last longer than any possession. For that we are blessed beyond measure.