Deuteronomy 24:19 – ‘When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back and get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.’
If taken literally, then this verse may not be so applicable today. Most of us don’t grow crops or harvest fields. So how can we ‘leave it’ for the foreigners amongst us, or the fatherless and the widow?
This was God’s way of providing for those in need who couldn’t provide for themselves. Likewise, we can do so today with what we don’t need. With our finances, we can put aside some money that can be left for those in need. We can ‘leave it’ with a charity or someone we have noticed in need.
Likewise, when we come across resources that we have an abundance of or no longer any use for, then we can leave it. Leave it at an opportunity shop for someone else to benefit from. Leave it at a local resource centre that provides to those in need. Leave it on the doorstep of the struggling single mother down the road. Leave it in the letterbox for the widow who has no family to look after her.
It should be possible as wealthy Christians to plan to ‘leave it’. We can set aside in our weekly, fortnightly or monthly budget. We can determine a set amount or percentage that we leave for those in need. It is then up to you to determine where you would like to leave those funds so that they can be used for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.
Wealth tip – unsure where your money goes? Make a money diary for a month or two listing every cent spent. Cut out unnecessary spending!