Our Provider

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

2 Corinthians 9:6

Remember this… a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.

Tithing…It’s something that is not talked about much in churches anymore, as there seems to be much debate about it.  So, I hope for a few moments you will bear with me as I share a couple stories from our lives.

Since our children were small something we’ve tried to instill in them is the concept of giving or tithing. We encouraged them to give from their allowance even though they didn’t earn a lot.  It’s something through the years of our marriage that we have always practiced even though there were times when we technically couldn’t afford to.  God always came through.

There were times shortly after purchasing our first home that we didn’t know how we would pay our mortgage or other bills, when people would anonymously give us money or grocery cards. Oftentimes right down to the exact dollar needed. There was never a time during that season of uncertainty that we missed a mortgage payment or did not have food on our table. All of our needs were met.  Always.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

My oldest son who is now living on his own, told me about an experience that he had happen to him right before Christmas. He decided that he would tithe on his paycheck. It was a stretch for him to trust God that he would have enough to pay for his rent, groceries, transportation and other needs. Once he pays all his bills, there is not a whole lot left.  But he felt in his heart it was what he was to do.  His church has a debit machine set up in the lobby so that people can pay without cash. He told me that “no joke”, as soon as he stepped away from the debit machine a lady handed him a Christmas card. He waited until he got home to open and it and when he did, he was completely floored. Inside the Christmas card was a gift of money—the exact amount he had tithed that morning! I don’t think I have to tell you how that moment increased his faith.

Mal 3:10

Bring your full tithe to the temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams.

At the end of 2017, it appeared that we were significantly behind in our staffing budget. If we did not have X amount of finances come in we would not be able to rehire a couple of our Bible teachers for the new school year that begins in February. This would mean that there would be schools that we would not be able to return to and the children in those schools would not be receiving the gospel this year.  It made us sad. Not to mention, how would we explain that in our newsletters or to our supporters? We prayed about it as it was a concern and heavy on our hearts. It was hard not to worry. We should have just trusted and believed it would come in…because it did!

At the final hour, (or so it seemed) Dale received an email from a church letting us know that they had surplus in their missions giving and that they would be depositing the extra amount into account. And they did….the exact amount that we were short….the exact amount needed to rehire a couple of the teachers. God is so good!

2 Corinthians 9:7

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.

So, I just want to encourage you, if you are not already tithing or giving, to try it…and see for yourself if God doesn’t provide for your needs. I promise He will. Because He is always faithful and always true to his Word.