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Why Were we Suffering?

Why Were we Suffering?

We are so grateful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the happiness it has brought to our family. The law of tithing is a commandment from our Heavenly Father. Ever since we got married we have been striving to pay our tithing fully. However, a time came when we failed to keep it.

We planned to pay our tithing but we kept procrastinating until we ran out of cash completely and we were unable to pay.
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We had to travel 40 kms to apply for a job, yet we did not have any cash. We had to borrow some money to travel. On our way home, our motorbike broke down twice.  We had no alternative but to walk while pushing the motorbike, on empty stomachs. At the end of it all we were rescued by a Church leader who was passing along that road and gave us a lift back home.

At home we lacked almost all the necessities. As if that was not enough, illness struck, beginning with our youngest sons, the twins, and then myself. We started asking ourselves, “Why all the suffering?” We came to realize that we had not paid our tithing that month, and that explained our suffering.

The Lord told us plainly in Malachi: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).

What else do we need the Lord to promise us so that we can pay our tithing honestly? We know that if we try God in this commandment, He is not going to fail us. He is an unchangeable God and He will always keep His promise. We know that the Lord will be able to open the ways and means no matter what our circumstances in life. The law of tithing is not a matter of finances but one of faith. We believe in these words.