“He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the Lord.” 2 Ch. 31:4
“Our daily provision shouldn’t be an issue when you consider retiring from church ministry,” Kathy said to me yesterday. It was indeed a declaration of faith, since she has always been the one between us who is more concerned about our financial state, which is understandable, for she’s been the one who pays all the bills. For years I have been rather oblivious about our household’s money matters.
I suppose, after years of experiencing God’s abundant provision, my wife’s faith in the Lord concerning our daily provision must have been greatly strengthened. Surely the Lord has been merciful to us and he has never failed to provide for our needs.
How did the Lord accomplish the task? Unless God’s people in the congregation had continued to give their tithes and offerings to the church, my source of income would have dried up. My annual stipend might be meager from a human point of view, yet the Lord has always come through when we had any need. Indeed, it was the Lord who has been providing for us, and the means by which he achieved the goal was through his people’s generosity.
When we first arrived, there were only a handful of families in the church and the rest of them were students. The financial situation of the church was rather shaky to say the least. Yet it was the Lord who made sure that we had all the essentials and a little bit more. Twenty-four years later, not only do we own our own church building, we are able to contribute toward missions and charity work. Never was there a single time in the past years that the church had any difficulty paying my salary.
All things considered, this is nothing short of miraculous, and it all came about by church people’s faithfulness in their giving. I am often amazed over the fact that a church such as this has remained viable and has thrived year after year. Up to this day, the church is merely composed of several families and the rest are students and visiting researchers from overseas, yet we are not in want in any way. Surely the Lord has been gracious.
“It’s more blessed to give than to receive,” sad the Lord. This is mathematics of the divine and can only be apprehended through constant practice. In fact, the Lord may bless us in sundry forms and different ways, of which we may not be fully aware, yet one of the blessings is financial prosperity. I am somewhat reluctant to make this pronouncement, but for the fact that it has been proven true through my personal experiences over the years.