We were on the brink of divorce...
we really were. You see, it was this guilt complex that was driving us apart. I never thought of tithing as having anything to do with marital problems, but it surely did in our case. Strange about that!
Neither my wife nor I ever got into the habit of tithing. Before we were married the tithe was subtracted from our pay checks, and we just lived on what we took home. Afterwards, we lived the same way.
We never discussed it, but, looking back, I can see that each of us must have had this guilt complex down deep inside, and, strange as it may seem, it was driving us apart. You'll just have to understand, because I can't really explain it.
Then there was this day when I began to wonder if I had already committed the unpardonable sin. I was scared, so I contacted a minister. He set my mind at ease on this point; and when I told him about the tithe he suggested that my wife and I talk it over with the Lord.
The hardest part was talking it over with each other. When we talked with God about it we both felt better, and things started looking up. Everything got better - our relationship, our finances - everything.
Now that we could talk openly, we wondered where all the money went. You see, we had better than average incomes and our expenses weren't all that great. We should have had money in the bank - actually we were in debt.
Then one morning I was reading from the book of Haggai for morning worship (we started having that, too) and there were these strange verses.
"Consider your ways... he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes... ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it." When I read that, my wife smiled and said, "Well, honey, I guess that's where it went."
From the book Briefly Speaking written by Mel Ress printed by Center Graphics LITHO in USA