This day with God will be amazing because of what God has blessed us with. This inspires us to give, serve, and worship Him by following what His Word says to change the world for the better. Leading up to historical record documented in Leviticus 25, we know about the past history as God gave the Israelites the land of Canaan when they were freed from Egypt.
God maintained ownership of the land but the Israelites were the stewards of the land. The Word states that the land must not be ravaged but have a year of rest every 7th year just as people would have a day of rest on the 7th day called the Sabbath. There would be no harvesting or selling of produce on the 7th year. Whatever the land produced from the perfect combination of rain and sunshine on this 7th year would be enough for their food.
Then they were to count off 49 (7×7) years and the 50th year would be the year of jubilee. The original clan who managed the land would return to their property and servants were released to freedom in the year of jubilee. God the Creator who owns everything would send blessings so that the land would yield enough food for three years. They were not only blessed enough to supply their own need of food but also enough for the poor.
These same concepts in today’s reading should apply in current times. The concepts of rest, liberty, and redemption are important for healthy living today. Our attitude toward the poor should be to help them by setting aside a percentage of what we are blessed with for their needs.
The photo below was taken at the church I attend. It is at a Feed My Starving Children event and we are hand-packing meals for starving children around the world.
Service for a good cause or as a volunteer may require some sacrifice but there is a good feeling afterwards. Kind of like exercise, we may not feel like getting started but always feel better once it is done. The greatest feeling is making a difference in the world in which we live.
This day with You Lord, we ask that we not get caught up in materialism but have the attitude that all things belong to You. Help us today be a good steward of what You have blessed us with and give a part of it to those in need. Our giving is a celebration of what You have blessed us with and is a joyous experience because we are playing our role in making the world a better place. Amen.