God wanted to make it clear to everyone that the Israelites were different – they were his. One of the ways he did this was by creating laws to protect the weak, the poor and strangers – this was unusual for this time. And one of those laws told the Israelites what God wanted them to do with their excess crops in the field.
In Deuteronomy, God tells the Israelites to harvest their fields but not go back for anything that was missed, leaving the excess for the poor, widows and strangers. He told them that, if they were obedient, he would bless all the work of their hands.
The majority of us don’t have crops……but we have a lot of ‘stuff’.
What do we do with our excess stuff? Do we put it in boxes and stack the boxes in our garage? Do we pile our closets full of excess stuff that we think we might need to use some day…..if we can find it?
What does God tell us he would like us to do with it?
Are there poor people or strangers or widows who could benefit if we cleaned out our garages and closets?
I was very convicted by this. I’ve never been big on keeping a lot of stuff – I’ve always been able to park 2 cars in a 2 car garage. But my closets and cupboards have gotten to the ‘stuffed’ stage. So I’ve been giving a lot of ‘stuff’ away with the goal of getting my closets and cupboards at least half empty.
It’s all excess. Sure – I might be able to use it someday. But could I find it when I wanted to use it? And, most of the time, I still have something that works fine as a substitute.
Someone else can benefit from this stuff rather than having it packed into my house, gathering dust.
I’m almost to my goal and one of the awesome side benefits is that I can actually find things when I need them now 🙂
Please open our eyes and our hearts, Abba Father.