I Kings 17:8-16; Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”
So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate formany days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of theLord which He spoke by Elijah.
This story is one of many in the bible that shows what happens when we put God first. Bringing our tithe to the Lord isn’t because God needs our money, it’s simply returning to Him what is already His. If we don’t, we become thieves, using what wasn’t meant for us to keep. This widow woman knew how God worked. She knew of Gods deliverance and provision to the children of Israel, so when the prophet of God was sent to her and asked for a cake first, she recognized it as an avenue for God to take care of her and her boys.
When we always put God first at our own expense, He will trust us with more than enough. TD Jakes says it like this, “The principle is in the priority; if you don’t master it, you’ll always want.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just bring my tithes because it’s what God requires, I want to add to it an offering out of the knowledge that God can do more with the little I have then I ever could. I don’t want to live life focused on my little, I want to live life focused on His vast supply.
Oh Father, the tenth is yours and I freely give that to you, but you can’t bless me on what is yours, you bless me out of my own supply. You’re after being master of my heart and if I”m stingy, you can’t bless me. That’s why you said that if I have it to give and don’t, I’ve missed it. You always give me opportunities to bless others, you’re just waiting to see what I’ll do with it. If I have food and feed the needy first, you love that. If I have a room and someone needs a place to stay, even temporarily, you see that as a seed. If I hang on tightly to what I have, it will be taken from me and given to someone else you can trust, but when I give it to you first, it opens the windows of heaven to pour out a ‘more than enough’ supply.
By surrendering my bank account to you, it gives you access to what is mine so that you can give me access to all that is yours. I will not be a hoarder, I will be a philanthropist for you, giving where you tell me to give, when you tell me to give it. If I do this with my own money, you will trust me with more. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen