How we give our money has a lot to say about who we’re trusting in. I have a friend who is so committed to tithing that he tithes on any form of income received, whether it be a gift, government check or bi-weekly pay stub, he immediately takes a portion off to give to the work of God.
Not only is this intentionality commendable, but it serves as a great reminder that what we receive is only possible because God has first given it to us.
James says in James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” You may not have the biggest paycheck or you might not receive the most extravagant gifts, but are you still cognizant that what comes your way is from God?
Earlier in his letter James reminds scattered Christians to ‘consider it pure joy’ when they face trials of many kinds. Here, James picks up on why joy should persist in tribulation or any situation. God has given us Jesus - He’s given us new life. This is why you pray, this is why you say the blessing before a meal. Even in misfortune, He is with us. God deserves his due praise.