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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
This passage promotes God’s answer to the welfare system throughout Western Europe and The United States. Each farmer in Israel was directed to leave the corners of his harvest field for the poor and needy. It was God’s way of saying, “You don’t need to take it ALL, after all, I’m the provider of your harvest. So, leave some for others, less fortunate than you. Be a SHARER.”
There’s plenty enough for everyone, if we’ll all be SHARERS. Sharing has its roots in Generosity. Poverty is a result of man wanting it all and keeping it all. In God’s economy, the Jewish people, by law, were under authority to share their harvest with the less fortunate in their area. Here’s what it guaranteed: 1) It reminded every Israelite that God is GENEROUS. 2) It meant those who were less fortunate were in the fields all day sweating to get their portion, just like the farmers were with their employees. Consequently, they learned that WORK is the key to personal sustenance. 3) All of them learned a humble DEPENDENCY upon The Lord. I’ve watched people my whole life, and have learned the difference between wealth and prosperity. If financial blessing is interpreted as WEALTH, it usually evolves into a “Here’s How I Made This Happen For Myself.” On the other hand, if financial blessing is interpreted as PROSPERITY, that word has more of a spiritual connotation to it. It is usually attached to a person’s GENEROSITY. The more Generous the person is the more it comes back to them and in time the more PROSPEROUS they become, and it just doesn’t stop! How does that happen? It happens when people decide to be SHARERS!
I not only want to be a Sharer, but with Your help I always will be a SHARER! Amen