March 13 – Blessed Not to Be Greedy

In God we trust” appears on US coins and paper currency.  The Israelites needed to decide if they were going to trust in God when it came to money matters and the following verse gave them guidance:  You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the LORD your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.”  Other laws were put in place to ensure that people were provided for: “Return the cloak to its owner by sunset so he can stay warm through the night and bless you, and the Lord your God will count you as righteous.”  Later on we will see how the following principle was lived out in Ruth’s life to further God’s Story:  When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”  These specific examples helped establish the operating manual for life in the new land.  God cares how we treat one another and blesses us for loving as He does.

Deuteronomy 23:20 NIV, 24:13 NLT, 24:19 NIV