Save for the one percent of extremely wealthy individuals in this nation, statistics show that the vast majority of Americans have collectively lost trillions of dollars in household income since the Great Recession began in 2007. And while the National Bureau of Economic Research reports the economic downturn reportedly ended in 2009, it continues to be an uphill battle to financial recovery for millions.
In fact the old adage,”the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” seems to be ringing truer than ever in this day and time. Consider a recent report where there has been a rise in wealth among the wealthy and a decline for the rest of the country from 2009-2011. A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%Other statistics show slightly better results with Americans regaining 55 percent of lost wealth. Still a closer look on the whole reveals a much more dismal picture for the uneducated underclass. Money Watch-
It’s a subject similar to what Christ discussed long ago when speaking with his disciples concerning the parable of the talents. Matthew 25:14-30. Our current economic predicament can also be compared to a time when the Word of the Lord came by the Prophet Haggai. During that time, the people had decided that rebuilding the Lord’s dwelling among His people was not important. Haggai 1:5-6.
The question that begs to be answered is whether there is protection by God in the midst of tremendous loss and if there is, what is the solution? Mr. Armstrong believed that there is and provided a timeless biblical antidote that continues to work in whatever Age. Here is an excerpt from one of his early sermons entitled “Your Best Assurance of Holding A Job”.
One young man already was tithing the money that he handled. He was a farmer. He suddenly realized that they were not selling their eggs and had not been tithing them in any way. That same day he brought to us a tithe of all the eggs his hens had laid that day.
Believe it or not, that same day his hens went on an egg-laying spree. Yes, laugh if you will – those hens cackled too – it actually happened. It was the off-season for eggs. But that very day they began to lay more eggs than was normal in the best egg-laying season! It seemed incredible – BUT IT HAPPENED!
I have given our longtime readers the facts, before, of a well-driller who was unable to get any business in 1933, during the depths of the Great Depression. He began to tithe – one single dollar of the only $10 he had. Next day a man who had owed him $50 he never expected to collect came and paid it – and he tithed $5. Immediately he began to get more wells to drill than he could handle.
Almost daily, some television or radio listener, reader of The Plain Truth, or co-worker in this Work writes me a letter telling of a similar experience – beginning to pay God’s honest TITHE, and beginning to PROSPER financially.
Now don’t get the idea from this that in every case God is going to work some incredible miracle. Don’t get the idea that if you try tithing, you are to expect some astounding thing to happen – or that you are going to fall heir to a million dollars the next day. Perhaps in most cases the increase in income is not immediately apparent at all.
But of this, you MAY BE SURE! Over the long haul, the 90 percent of income God allows you to keep for yourself will increase to more than the 100 percent formerly was. God PROMISES to bless and prosper the tither! God KEEPS his promises!
God did not establish a binding law of tithing without a good reason! Actually, there are many reasons. All of God’s laws are for our GOOD.
Listen to God’s Word to us: “Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee forever …” (Deut. 12:28).
For me, reminders of Mr. Armstrong’s admonitions to be simply obedient to God with an expectation of His promises serve as a breath of fresh air. This is especially true in the face of constant reports of job and income loss, ever rising prices at the grocery store and at the gas pump…Worldly events that can be extremely daunting if we are not under the protection of the One True God. Matthew 6:19-21