Monday, March 13, 2017
Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 24: 19-22
19 “When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. 21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.” (Deut 24:19-22 NKJV)
These are guidelines given by God to His people: Don’t be greedy. Be generous. Leave some of the product of your own labors for the use of others who may need it. In fact, not to do so may reduce God’s blessings to “the work of your hands” and thus jeopardize your own prosperity.
The concept is clear: God is not asking people to give everything away, but only that a portion of what God has blessed them with is to be left or given for the use of the others who may need it. The principle God wants us to grasp is that by whatever means you and your family have been provided for, whether that’s by grain fields, vineyards, orchards, or by a paycheck from your employer, God wants us to leave something for others who are less fortunate or who may have need of it.
Lord, thank you for your blessings to me. May I honor You by joyously sharing those blessings with others. For Your glory. Amen. -AP