READING: Deuteronomy 15-17; Luke 1:67-2:7
I wish I could say that I always minister well to the poor. Pam and I have been blessed, and we enjoy ministering to others. Sometimes, though, I overthink situations and wonder, “Is it best for me to give money to this person?”—and I quickly convince myself not to give. I write those words with no joy, though, especially as I read today’s Old Testament text.
There, I read of God’s commitment to the poor as He commands His people to loan to them:
- “Do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has.” (Deut. 15:7-8)
- “Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heartwhen you give . . .” (Deut. 15:10)
- “Open your hand willingly to your poor and needy brother in your land.” (Deut. 15:11)
God’s people were to loan to the poor, even if someone asked for money just before the year that all debts were to be forgiven. Such a heart reflected the heart of God, who gives freely to His people and forgives their sin. I need to check my own heart today.
PRAYER: “God, I want to be wise in giving to the poor, and I don’t want to be stingy. Help me.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Deuteronomy 18-21; Luke 2:8-35