Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, March 7th, 2011
God Forbids Hoarding
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.
Deuteronomy 24:19 (NIV)
Is your garage exploding? Do you look in your closets, groan, and close them again--putting off a desperately needed reorganization? Do you wear 20% of your clothes while 80% hang around waiting? Do you keep old things just in case? Is shopping a hobby? Do you hoard?

We in the land of opulence are relieved to know that the Lord 'Delights in the prosperity of His servant' (Psalm 35:27). However, He attaches strong rules to our conduct regarding possessions. We sin when we mindlessly or purposely hoard.

God Himself 'Defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among us, giving them food and clothing' (Deuteronomy 10:18). We must follow His lead.

He expects us to provide for the poor, the helpless, and the outcasts--those whom the world has forgotten. Remember the parable of 'The Rich Man and Lazarus' (Luke 16:19-31)? If not, I urge you to read it. When we overlook the beggars at our gates, hell awaits.

Sound dramatic? Read the Bible and see how much God loves a great story.

Do we pass by Goodwill in our comfy cars or turn away from the poorest sections of town? These are beggars at our gates!

While we tithe to God our first fruits, we must also give to the poor. By cleaning out our overflowing closets, pantries, garages, and single dollar bills, we can change the world.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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