The 90 day Tithing challenge is very popular in some circles. In fact, do a Google search and you’ll get:
And there have been great testimonies of instantaneous breakthrough came as a result of tithing:
- The Prosperity Test: How God Blessed Me Triple in 16 days: In this post Sean Si shares his testimony of tithing. He was expecting a red month but as a result of testing God with his tithes he signed 3 new contracts.
- My Tithing Experience: Bob Lotich of Christian Personal Finance shares that when he started tithing the NEXT day he got a completely unexpected raise.
So why would I say the 90 day tithing challenge is bad idea?
Simply this: what if God DIDN’T bless you supernaturally in 90 days? Then what?
It is God’s Will That You Prosper
But before we get into that let’s state the obvious: it IS God’s will that you prosper.
The Bible says,
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, ‘Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.’” (Psalms 35:27 KJV)
That word “prosperity” is the Hebrew word “shalom” which means “completeness, soundness, wholeness, prosperity, peace, friendship in human relationships and with God.”
Prosperity includes money but is more than money. “Shalom” speaks to a total life prosperity of wholeness and completeness. This “shalom” was central to God’s plan for humanity.
It was God’s will for Israel:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His Face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His Countenance upon you, and give you peace (shalom).” (Numbers 6:24-26 NRSV)
It’s central to the work of the Messiah:
“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (shalom). His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace (shalom) for the throne of David and His kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 NRSV)
It’s central to king David’s future reign over Israel:
“My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall follow My ordinances and be careful to observe My statutes. They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your ancestors lived; they and their children and their children’s children shall live there forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace (shalom) with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary among them forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Then the nations shall know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is among them forevermore.” (Ezekiel 37:24-28 NRSV)
In the Garden of Eden we see the perfect picture of “shalom”–man in peace with his wife, his surroundings, and His God. When sin entered the picture poverty, insufficiency, and strife entered right along with it.
God is very much concerned about the prosperity and wholeness of His children. It was never His will for anyone–especially His children–to be in lack.
But…with that being said…
It’s also God’s Will That You Suffer
…it’s also God’s will that you suffer.
He does wants us to prosper, don’t get me wrong. But suffering is the bridge that leads to the land of prosperity. David said,
“For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” (Psalms 66:10-12 KJV)
No child of God, receives the abundance of God, without going through the sufferings of God.
No. Not one.
It’s in trouble that He increases us and prepares us. Like the children of Israel in bondage, the more we’re afflicted the more we grow. David also said:
“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.” (Psalms 4:1 KJV)
Look at Joseph.
He endured more trials than all his brothers. And yet because of his trials he wielded more influence than all of them combined. His prison was the very path to his throne.
And your prison may be the very path to yours.
What does this have to do with the 90 day tithing challenge
It goes back to an above question: what if God didn’t bless you in 90 days? Then what?
Would you stop giving?
I mean He did say:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.'” (Malachi 3:10 NIV)
But He didn’t necessarily put a date on it.
Not to say that He CAN’T. We all know what He can do in 3 days! Heck, we know what He can do in 7 days!
But what if He chose not to?
What if He had something so big in store for you it didn’t manifest in 90 days? What if He was stirring up a blessing so large that it took more than 90 days to prepare you for it?
What we also forget is what He said in verse 11:
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, said the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:11 KJV)
“Neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field.” Or, in other words,
“I won’t let you have anything prematurely.”
What if He didn’t give you what you wanted in 90 days because HE knew you weren’t ready for it?
So the real issue is not the 90 day tithing challenge but God’s time table…which is ALWAYS off from ours.
But what do you think? Is the 90 day tithing challenge a bad idea?