Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 13 – 15; Galatians 1
Scripture: ‘‘Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.’’ Deuteronomy 15:10
Observation: Giving was to become one of the communal lifestyle of Israel. The rich were to care for the needs of the poor without grumbling. As stated by God, the poor would always be in their midst and so the rich were to care for them as God had blessed them for the sake of others. And as they gave, so were they to prosper.
Application: God detests selfish attitude among His children. Blessings come from God not for our sake only but for the good of the household of God…for the good of all who may be in need. ‘‘Thieves must quit stealing and, instead, they must work hard. They should do something good with their hands so that they’ll have something to share with those in need.’’ (Ephesians 4:28 GW). We are all blessed for a purpose, which is to meet the needs of others. Again, ‘‘Share what you have with God’s people who are in need. Be hospitable.’’ (Romans 12:13 GW). ‘‘They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.’’ (1 Timothy 6:18 ESV). ‘‘So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.’’ (Galatians 6:10 ESV). As good works was part of the communal lifestyle of Israel, so is it with us the Church. We all must be involved for to this end are we blessed. God entrusted His riches into our hands that we may in turn distribute to others. And our attitude must be right…a word of caution…
‘‘When you are living in the land the LORD your God is giving you, there might be some poor people living among you. You must not be selfish. You must not refuse to give help to them. You must be willing to share with them. You must lend them whatever they need. ‘Don’t ever refuse to help someone simply because the seventh year, the year for cancelling debts, is near. Don’t let any evil thought like that enter your mind. You must never have bad thoughts about someone who needs help. You must not refuse to help them. If you don’t help the poor, they might complain to the LORD, and he will judge you guilty of sin.’ ’’ (Deuteronomy 15:7 – 9 ERV).
Prayer: How is your giving? Examine your attitude to giving against the above. Pray.