Will you trust God to be faithful no matter what? In this article, Adrian—a college student—shares how he obeyed God and experienced His faithfulness in his life.
I was in high school when I first heard the gospel. A campus missionary reached out to me and helped me know God more. It was through him that I began to grow more in my faith.
As I became serious in my walk with God, I heard teachings about tithing and God’s faithfulness. I knew nothing about tithing before, but as I listened more to His Word, I began to understand that it is an act of faith more than anything else.
After receiving Christ in my life, I immediately submitted to His Lordship, even in the area of finances. I know that whatever He blesses me with, I should be a good steward and give Him back a tenth, and even more. Whatever money I receive is—after all—His. It is not mine, to begin with.
As a student who relies heavily on an allowance, it is admittedly hard to be faithful in giving the tithe. But every week, I make it a point to set aside what is rightfully God’s. Even if it is a challenge at times, God always provides and remains faithful to me. He always assures me that He is in control, and He knows how to meet my needs.
When I was in my sophomore year, my father got diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease. He could no longer work to provide for our family and my studies. It was a challenge to be faithful knowing that we were in a trying situation, but when I continued to obey God in spite of what we were going through, He also continued to provide.
Just when I thought that I could no longer finish school, a British couple offered to sponsor my tuition. It was something unexpected; I never thought that something like that would happen. It was amazing how God made a way for me to still go to school in spite of our family’s predicament.
Since then, God has proven to me that He will always remain faithful no matter what. Aside from the couple He is using to help me with my studies, He has also blessed me with a part-time job in an insurance company. Through it, I am able to bless my family as well.
As someone who was reached on campus, I believe that God can use me to be a blessing to other students, too. I am currently a volunteer in Every Nation Campus in San Pedro, discipling and passing on the teachings I learned from my mentors and leaders about God’s love and faithfulness. I will finish school early next year, but my heart to honor God will continue even after I graduate.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Malachi 3:10
Tithing allows us to grow in our faith and teaches us to trust God more even in the area of finances. It strengthens our faith and enables us to give our worries to the Lord, believing that He is faithful. Let us continue to honor God and give Him what He deserves—our trust, our devotion, and everything we have.