Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Okay! Not going to lie… I had a moment this week where I became mad at the “church” for not sharing a similar belief as me. I asked my pastor a question and didn’t get the response I felt he should give. In my anger, I made a decision that I was not going to tithe to the church anymore. I made up all these reasons in my mind why I shouldn’t. Instead of tithing, I would place that money into an account and use it to give out scholarships and help those in needs. That would still be fulfilling God’s purpose after all, right? I would be justified in not giving my money to a church that has conflicting views than myself, right? Wrong!!!!
During service today, God began speaking to me. The first mistake in my logic was thinking that the tithe is “my” money. It isn’t mine, it belong to The Father. It is His money, and I would be a bad child, a bad steward of God’s money if I didn’t release it back to Him, in the way He has commanded me to do so (“Bring your tithe to the local storehouse”). Now, although those causes I listed above were good, it would be an act of disobedience if I took God’s money and did “my” will with it.
Ultimately, I would bring about a curse upon myself (my finances, my health, my career, and my family) if I had decided to continue this act of disobedience because of my anger due to a misalignment of viewpoints. So, as I was sitting in service today, God spoke to me and told me that I cannot fault man for having a difference of perspective on His Word, but I must continue to be obedient because that is where the blessing upon my life lies.
So, I had to repent. When I got home, I logged back into my church account a rescheduled my reoccurring tithe payments. I do not want to miss out of God’s blessings because of a disagreement. I cannot hold God accountable for man. Ultimately, we are all serving His purpose in our lives. We are all trying to be the best He has called us to be.
I will leave you all with this:
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires.…” James 1:19