Today’s bible study is Deuteronomy 15:10: Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Give generously to them. How very hard this is for many of us to do. There always seems to be someone asking for something. It might be out children, our spouses, our churches, community charities, national societies or political parties. There are frequent requests from the heart association, breast cancer foundation, humane societies and animal shelters, sheriff’s office, and a multitude of very worthy charities.
But times are tough for many of us and, unfortunately, we have to pick our favorite few to help support. For some, this is a time that it may be a burden to choose even a few. And how do we give when we have little to do so with? We give not of our wealth, but rather of our poverty.
This is the way Jesus gave. He was not a man of wealth. Jesus was a man with a very simple lifestyle and little material goods. Yet, Jesus gave. He gave food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, healing to the afflicted and hope to the hopeless.
The attitude of the Israelites toward the poor in their community was to be one of warmth and generosity. The poor were given whatever was necessary to meet their needs, even with the realization that such ‘loans’ would never have to be paid back.
Realistically, we, like the Israelites, are told to willingly give the poor sufficient to meet their needs. We do this through our churches, our checkbooks, our time and our talents. We are called upon to play upon whatever our strong suit is. It may be actual cash, it may be visiting the sick and shut-in, it may be serving food at a local soup kitchen, it may be teaching a few poor children to play golf, or it may be simply being there and listening for someone who needs us.
Whatever our gifts, Lord, help us to give freely. Help us to meet the needs of the poor and provide what is sufficient for them. May we, like our gracious Savior, give what little we have willingly and never expect repayment or return. As the Israelites of old and the disciples of the New Testament, help us to learn that the greatest joy comes from giving.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor
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