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 us to give to something. It might be our 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. Since November is pledge drive month for many churches, parishioners may find this passage especially suited to the season.
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? A minister once told me that we give not out of our wealth, but out of our poverty. This statement hit home and made a lasting impact on me and many others who heard it. We give out 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.
Today’s verse is not really speaking of our giving or the giving nature of Jesus. It is contained in the Old Testament and is addressing the attitude of the Israelites. 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 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 inner city children to play golf, or it may be listening when someone needs to talk.
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. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series