The consequence of God’s covenant of love is a real testimony of what He did in the life of the Morales family, church members in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, district. Amos Morales describes his arrival to this country in 2006 as a moment of intense struggle.
Without money, in a non-advantageous condition, he had to break through the challenges presented by his search for the American dream. However, his heart was full of hope and his spirit was strong. Most importantly, he kept in mind the powerful Bible lessons that his parents had transmitted with love. He met Josefina in this country, and she is now his wife and they have two children, Jassanny and Samuel. Amos worked hard to cover expenses and provide sustenance for his family. One day while sitting in his living room, he was staring at one of his Bibles that was on the coffee table. He picked it up, opened it, and his eyes fell on a verse 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 KJV.
He focused on the promise of that verse. As he repeated the reading, God’s desire to bless His children became clearer. He thought, “The time has come to try and see.” He decided to become a partner with the Lord who owns everything. Not only would he tithe his salary, but also he made a pact to give 15 percent of his income in offerings. “At first, it was not easy to fulfill that promise,” said Amos. That total of 25 percent was an important number; their financial demands had become even more severe, as they had decided to educate their children in Adventist schools. However, he and Josefina decided not to fail their promise.
One night while they were sitting quietly at home, an armed criminal entered the house and threatened them. He looked extremely nervous and desperate to find money. He moved quickly, searching everywhere he could. Frightened, perplexed, they feared a fatal outcome. Suddenly, without a visible reason, he turned around and left the same way he had come. The family remained in shock. They knew a miracle had occurred, and God had shown His protection one more time. What they did not know was that behind that miracle, the Lord would give them another surprise and they would understand the reason of this dangerous incident.
The next day Amos went to see a lawyer to describe what happened and ask him what should be done about it. They were also trying to regularize their immigration status in a process that would be complicated. When the lawyer heard what happened, to their surprise he told them that because of this incident, they now qualified for a different immigration status, one which would facilitate their process. They could not believe it. What happened was none other than God opening the windows of Heaven just as He promised.
Amos looks to his past grateful. Presently, their children are receiving a Christian education, they have peace of mind to continue working without fear of visa expiration, and God has doubled their income.
“We continue to be faithful to our promise,” says Amos, “and proclaim vehemently, ‘prove and see.’”
is the SURF customer service and accounts manager at the Southern Union in Norcross, Georgia.
Southern Union | October 2018