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Topic: Experiment (02/16/12)
TITLE: It hurts that much to give it all
By Tendi Rice
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I debated with myself as to whether God would want my last means of sustenance. I tried to resonate this with the idea of a merciful kind God who is our Provider. I whispered a Prayer as I had many times in the past few minutes asking God if He really expected me to sacrifice this much. Bible promises of Gods providence swirled around somewhere in the back of my head but the cumbersome burden of my daily needs bellowed much louder and drowned out the scriptures. My desire to give Him the last of what I had was dwindling by the second.
Eventually the offering plate came round to me and I had to make a choice. As I looked into it, I saw a few hundred dollar bills that wealthier church members had given. I also noticed a couple of fifties that God could better use than my rumpled up scruffy measly ten. Just as the plate was going over me I felt my hand reach out and drop my ten into the collection, a decision I cannot even remember making.
Not long after, as I was walking out after the service, an elderly lady came up to me, handed me an envelope and whispered in my ear ‘God told me you needed it’. I opened it to find more money than I had held in the past year and as I watched her walk away I could not stop the tears that were streaming down my cheeks. It was then I remembered the offer God makes us:
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. [Malachi 3:10]
I uttered under my breath, ‘Thank you dear Lord, the experiment does work!’
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