When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.
The incorporation of frugality into one’s life has its place. Greediness does not. Many of us make sure we get everything we have earned because we believe we deserve it. God’s Word surprises me, at times, because his instructions are very practical and specific. His divine approach is refreshing, especially when I see the subjects that are important to God through detail and repetition throughout the Bible. While reading Deuteronomy 24, I was reminded of the intricacies of Old Testament Law. God instructed the Israelites not to go over the branches a second time!
The parallel of my numerous gardening experiences brought to mind the importance of reading the fine printed guide on how to plant, nurture and prune each of my plants. I was delighted to compare the difference that God goes one step further—he specifically instructs the owner to leave some fruit for the strangers, orphans and widows.
Not all of us will be the planters and harvesters. Some of us will require special care. The specific directions to planters and harvesters shows us the importance to recognize that the world is full of all types of people with many varied needs. The talented, the educated, the independent, the affluent, and the prosperous may need to be careful about greed and apathy.
These truths are so basic!— but when was the last time you left some for the sake of giving to one less fortunate?
Lord Jesus, soften my heart and open my eyes to the needs around me. Amen