“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.”
INSIGHT: I love how God provides for His people. I wonder if the farmers felt joy in being used to provide, or if they thought the poor and foreigners were unworthy since they didn't earn it, maybe judging them for their own assumption of what caused the need. I relate what God asked the farmers to leave in the field to pocket change. Today, in a world living paycheck to paycheck, pocket change can even seem like a luxury. Often, deception and doubt tell me what I need, feeding my selfish desires and distrusting the true need I actually see. I want to be the farmer who feels joy at the opportunity, trusting the big picture God sees beyond my narrow focus.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, give me your heart of compassion and tolerance. I confess that I have allowed deception and doubt to harden my heart towards your beautiful creation. Help me to see the poor and needy as myself; a person born of your image that is broken and in need of a savior. Soften my heart that I would resist the prideful desire to play judge and submit to the gentle lull of your Spirit reaching out. I pray against the spirit and scheme of fear, walking in faith. I trust the protection and divine will of our Father in Heaven, in the victorious name of Jesus Christ, Amen.