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May 8, 2021: He Supplies Our Every Need

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it’” (Mal. 3:10, NIV).

I became a Seventh-day Adventist and started tithing around the time I moved out on my own. Eventually, an elder explained that everything is God’s in the first place, and we are just returning a small portion to Him. Tithing symbolizes trust in God that He will provide for all our needs.

My first winter on my own, a co-worker of mine lost her home to fire. Another employee thought of collecting groceries to help her. I went home and prayed, “Please, God, make sure I always have enough and some to share.” I filled a grocery bag and still had enough for me. The next winter, I wrecked my car and had to come up with a deductible. A church member loaned me a pickup truck, and another gave me homemade canned green beans. And each workday, my employer provided me with lunch. As a result, I didn’t have to buy groceries for an entire month, as I continued to faithfully tithe.

Now, 40 years later, I can attest that God did and still does supply my needs, for He is good.

Lord, may I stay faithful to You always. Amen.

Linda Brawner is a member of the Mansfield church in Ohio.

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