Daily Archives: September 8, 2019
This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.
You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:10 (Context vs. 1-11)
The Year for Canceling Debts
At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2 This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. 3 You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you. 4 However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, 5 if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. 6 For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.
7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. 8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.
10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Application: Pay for someone behind you in line.
Generous Heart | Marianne Toovey
This section is the laws for borrowing and lending money. My Bible’s notes explain that the purpose of these particular laws is to help the poor survive. It required the rich to minister to the needs of the poor without exploiting them. And specifically in verse 10, we’re told our generosity will lead to blessing – which reminds me of our verse from Tuesday which mentioned that God will increase our resources and cultivate a heart of generosity so that we can keep giving more and more.
Today we’re supposed to pay for the order of the person behind us in line. I’ve actually done this before and it’s a little nerve wracking when you don’t know what they’re ordering or how much it’s going to cost. But God promised that if we’re not giving grudgingly, He’ll provide the resources necessary to make our generosity possible. So I’m going to do it! And I’ll trust that God will use my giving heart to bless the whole situation and all involved, and that it will bring glory to Him.
Lord, all I have is Yours anyway, so when You command that I be generous with what You’ve given me and promise that I’ll be blessed as a result, who am I to argue?! I know I can trust You to make this act of love financially feasible and that it will bring You glory. I pray the person we bless today recognizes Your hand in all of this. Thank You for Your provision. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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