Daily Devotion for December 15, 2016
Leviticus 19:9 - 10 NLT
“When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. It is the same with your grape crop—do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 24:19 - 22
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all you do. When you beat the olives from your olive trees, don’t go over the boughs twice. Leave the remaining olives for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, don’t glean the vines after they are picked. Leave the remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. That is why I am giving you this command.
I was thinking about these portions of scripture this morning. As for these verses, I like 1) what they reveal, 2) what they remind me of, and 3) what the Lord does...
What is revealed...
When I read these portions of scripture, I couldn't help but think, “What a wonderful God we have! He is so GENEROUS, so GOOD, and so KIND!” Our God required His people to leave “the edges of" their fields unharvested—the excess—so travelers and poor people would have provision! His intention was to provide for the less fortunate through His overly-abundant provision for His own people—this gave Him glory! Fast forward to today, folks, and God hasn'tchanged. Though we, His people, may not have literal fields for gleaning, we definitely ought to be considering how to use our modern-day “excess” for God's glory. We Believers should each be compelled to ask our Savior, “Lord, how can I leave behind “the edges of (my) fields”—that others can recognize and receive Your goodness, and come to know You?”
What we are reminded of...
The words “Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt” reminded me that all the freedom I now have in Christ has been given to me BY THE LORD—I don't want to go back to sin-filled, slavery, death ways! No way! I want to live for HIM, the One who transferred me OUT of the kingdom of darkness (slavery!) and into the eternal, wonderful Kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13)!
What the Lord does...
My Study Bible reminded me that Ruth and Naomi benefited from this gleaning law. Specifically, because this law was being obeyed years after it was written, Ruth was able to experience God's kindness and care through finding food in the field of Boaz...which then led to the marriage of Boaz and Ruth, which led to the birth of a child in Christ's lineage—all because the people were obeying that one law! This caused me to think, “Oh, what wonderful things the Lord does—when His children obey!”
Heavenly Father, on account of the wonderful freedom we now have in Christ, show us each how we can better “leave” the excess of our fields! Make us a people who desire to use our excess (the excess You've given us!) for Your glory! Moreover, make us a people who desire more of Your freedom to OBEY You—what wonderful things You do when we OBEY!
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