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" 'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very
edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them
for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.' "
levitical harvest laws instructed the Israelites to leave the grain in
corners and edges of their fields. If they dropped something while
harvesting, they were to leave it where it fell. In other words, they
were commanded to do a less than thorough job. Instead of reaping every
last grain for themselves, they were to leave it for the poor and the
foreigners living among them. God's command included provision for
those struggling in poverty. They were to be allowed to harvest the
corners and edges and pick up anything that had been dropped.
Response and Action:
than keeping every little bit of the blessing and harvest God has
given me, I will find ways to share with those in need. Instead of
selling everything I don't need, I will make it available to others. I
will invite others to benefit from the "corners and edges" of my life.
The heart of God is considerate of those in need, and so I want to
have a heart for those in need. God asks those who have to be mindful
of those who have not. I want to be mindful of and empathetic toward
those who are struggling to find ways to meet their needs.
God, thank you for providing for my needs. May I always have the
wisdom and humility to recognize that you are my provider. Give me a
heart that is generous toward those in need. Make me ready and willing
to help those who are less fortunate. May your grace and provision for
me always result in grace and provision for those around me. Through
Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
1 John 3:17-18
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has
no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children,
let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity
by Ronald J. Sider