Saturday, February 25, 2012

Disobedience and Boredom

Disobedience and boredom must be partners. I find myself being disobedient to the Lord when I am bored. Why does gambling sound so much better than doing a bible study? A bible study alone that is. I'm all for group home bible studies.

I find myself in another "chipped cup" situation. I gambled my tithe away. All because of boredom. I decided not to replace it and oh, oh, oh my, what a mess I am in. I've gone through most of my savings, which was not too much to begin with. The savings was for an emergency. So into bills and such I poured what little money I had put aside. If i had tithed, I would not be having this trouble. I've decided to try to make it up. Usually, it's just too hard, and it is hard this time, but I feel so convicted. I robbed God. Not a pretty picture. I am disappointed in myself and my weakness. God always gives us a way out. I simply did not take it when the urge to gamble arose. I just did what I wanted. I gave myself all kinds of excuses. But the fact remains, I lost the tithe to gambling and I did not even have a good time. I am still bored.

I have to move forward now. I'm going to replace what I lost out of the need to be obedient. Once before I did not pay my tithe. That time was because the bank mistakenly took out two car payments which resulted in all kinds of fees. Eventually, I got it straightened it out. The bank "as a courtesy" fixed their mistake.

God showed me how important he views the tithe. It's a bible principle and one he wants to bless us with.

I messed up. This time and I hope the last time, I will replace that money and make sure my church receives it from me as a cheerful giver. I don't know what God has in store for me, but I need to make it right because its the right thing to do.

2Cr. 9:7: Each man should give what he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Mal. 3:10: Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room for it.
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