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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: God Says, “Try Me”

on April 22, 2015

I have a wise friend who, when I have shared about amazing things God has done in my marriage, has encouraged me to really savor those moments. To treasure them in my heart as in a treasure chest, that they may be “stones on the other side of the river Jordan, reminding [me] of God’s mighty works on [my] behalf.” Then, I can later pull out those precious gems whenever I need a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

I also love hearing about God’s mighty works on behalf of others. Those stories can encourage my faith as much as the memories of my own blessings. In financial testimonies, there is often an act of generosity that preceded the blessings: a financial act of faith, out of lack, without knowing how or when more provision would come. To be honest, I don’t have a lot of those testimonies, at least not from recent memory. God has always shown up with right-on-time blessings, but often in spite of my lack of generosity. We tithe (when we “think” we can), but we have not always been faithful about giving Him the first fruits.

Lately though, my husband has been consistent about tithing on the weeks that he gets paid. If the pay schedules work out such that we both got paid that week, he will tithe for me, too. And I’m always truly glad when he does it. Last week worked out to be a week that only I got paid. Come Sunday, I wanted to tithe, but my mind got busy. I knew that there was a payment coming out of our account this week; it would make money a little tight for my comfort. We would have enough, but I was still a leeetle nervous. I didn’t want to talk with my husband about it—I knew he would be fine with it (your mileage may vary!)—because I didn’t want to talk myself out of it! Inspired by my husband’s recent faithfulness (and Sunday’s message, which “happened” to be about generosity), I did it!

When I checked my email Tuesday morning, I had to laugh. There was a notification that our state income tax return—about the same amount that I had given—had been deposited in our checking account. I’d known that we were getting a refund, but we just mailed our return last week, so I wasn’t expecting it already! (The return was finished in February, but we weren’t in a rush to mail it because we owe Federal taxes :).) And I certainly wasn’t thinking about that on Sunday! So I was already impressed with God’s Try Me program.

Later that morning, I got online to pay a medical bill that I’ve been grumbling about for months, using money recently added to our health savings account (HSA). The bill was for what I thought was a routine test, so I didn’t understand why the bill was so high. On the lab website, the account balance was $0.00, but I didn’t get too excited because I assumed it was because I had waited too long to pay the bill. So I called, and as the phone rep prepared to take my payment information she asked, “You have Aetna, right?” I responded, “Ri– No, wait! I have Cigna!” As it turns out, the bill was so high because the wrong insurance had been billed (which I suppose I could have investigated instead of grumbling). So the agent told me to “put the bill aside,” (music to my ears!!) while they resubmitted the claim. To top it off, a few weeks ago I was telling my husband how concerned I was about the extra bills we’ve had, especially medical ones. But if we had had the money sooner, I probably just would have paid this bill and been unhappy about it!

I know from God’s Word, and from others’ testimonies, that we can give even when we think we can’t afford to. God was gracious to show me, for me! I didn’t give our last dollar on Sunday, but I gave beyond my comfort. I took a step, and God met me. He gave me yet another jewel to add to my treasure chest, or better said, my storehouse, of His works on my behalf.

image credit: Harmondsworth Great Barn, London by Prioryman under Creative Commons

Do you have one of those testimonies, of “trying” God? Share it so we can all add it to our treasure chests. 🙂


9 responses to “Hide-the-Word Wednesday: God Says, “Try Me”

  1. Thanks for this testimony of faith and faithfulness — yours, your husband’s and God’s! I follow your blog, but missed this article, which I saw today at Faith-Filled Friday. Blessings on your weekend.

  2. Crystal says:

    I understand how you feel about tithing. Last year while my husband was on a deployment I moved and started to attend a new Church. I only attended my previous Church occasionally because it had conflicted with my work schedule. While attended my current church I felt the urge to tithe, so I did. Every week . To be honest I am a very very frugal person and I try to save as much as possible. After a few months of this a house we were planning on purchasing came back on the market. We offered every penny we had in savings. The offer was a little too low, but since this property was directly next door to my father-in-laws home and the feeling I had in my stomach I knew we needed to offer a bit more. Mind you, this is not a house I really WANT but I felt like I was supposed to live there. I transferred money from a low interest credit card and offered more. They accepted even though another offer was higher then ours! The next few day I found out we would be receiving back what we spent with our tax refund (which ended up being 3x more then we had ever received). I was so nervous that it made me sick to my stomach but of course everything works out when you have faith in the Lord. We permanently moved here a few months ago so now at 23 I own a little house with my husband debt free and am able to stay home so I can diy reno it and work on starting our family (we have fertility issues so it actually is a little more involved). I am sorry this was so long! I was this linked up at Grace & Truch link-up and I am glad I did!

    • wisdom4wives says:

      I told you I love testimonies, Crystal. Thank you for sharing yours! Mine also went much longer than expected. Wednesday posts are usually short, but this one didn’t work out that way. 😀

  3. betsydecruz says:

    What a great testimony of God’s faithfulness! He is so good, faithful to provide. Don’t you love it when God does that?

  4. tiffanyatouchofgrace says:

    Wow, what a great testimony! We tithe weekly as well, but sometimes it’s a struggle. We were recently given reasons to give back more and it feels so good!
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

  5. Cheryl Smith says:

    What a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness and how He keeps His promises! This couldn’t have come at a better time for me and my family. I loved reading this and being reminded. The thing we forget is that the money is not ours to start with. It could all be taken away in an instant. One thing that has really encouraged us in our tithing journey is the added benefit of being able to claim the rest of that promise that goes along with the Scripture you shared…where He promised to “REBUKE THE DEVOURER FOR OUR SAKES” if we tithe. Oh, I have claimed that one over and over, and I cannot even remember all the times God has literally done this…for instance, when we would have a car repair come up that would appear to be very expensive, and our brother-in-law found a way to fix it for just a few dollars…things like that. God has done things like that so many, many times for us. He is so true to His Word! If we will “prove” Him and step out in faith, He will always do His part. Thank you for this edifying, encouraging post…it makes me want to continue to be faithful to Him and all of His Word. I leave here refreshed in spirit!

  6. I LOVE reading these types of testimonies! They truly do bolster our faith and encourage us to trust in the promises of God.

    When my husband felt called to seminary, a Pastor wife friend said to me, “Don’t ever let money stop your husband from pursuing His calling.” We trusted, in faith, that the Lord would provide the funds for seminary while we continued to tithe 10% to our local body.

    The Lord blessed my husband with unsolicited, generous donations toward the seminary bill. My husband went through six years of seminary debt free!!

    Praising God for His wonderful mercies!

    Thank you for calling us all to remember…

  7. Jennifer @ A Divine Encounter says:

    God provides in marvelous ways, doesn’t He? And when we choose to live by faith and not by sight, looking to Him with expectation for His provision, He never disappoints us. Thank you for sharing your testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life, and for linking up with us at Grace & Truth!

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