Today’s meditation is on a verse from the Old Testament: Deuteronomy 24:19. It encourages us to hold posessions and wealth … (visit YouTube for more)
Let’s meditate together on Deuteronomy chapter 24, verse 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 sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you all in the work of your hands.
We may find it slightly hard to identify with this verse if we are not actively engaged in agriculture. But there’s deep and generous wisdom in this verse.
The tendency of modern consumerist society is for us to gather as much as we possibly can and hold on to it, and this is the opposite of that. This is saying not to be lax in your work, not to be careless, but if you do leave something behind, let it go.
And I suppose by extension we could say that if you’re in a supermarket and they have one of those trolleys or zones at the area where they’re collecting food for the homeless, it’s a great idea to put some of your produce into that and leave it. This spirit of generosity is wise and commended by God.
And then maybe what if you discover you’ve accidentally left some money behind somewhere. Can we trust that money to God’s care? Can we say, you know what Lord, I can do without that. It may even have been providential that I left it behind. God use it. It is good for our hearts to be inclined with generosity and to let those things go so that others may be blessed.
God, thank you for your generosity towards us. Please help us to remain generous towards others. Amen.