Exodus 22: 10 – 11 – ‘For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.’
How the poor must have loved this seventh year of provided abundance! Through God’s direction, even the poor were provided for. Although we have perhaps strayed from following such directions, it is still possible for us to find means and ways to provide for the poor on God’s behalf.
We are his hands and feet at work, particularly when we have abundance! Whether it be of love, time, kind words, money or resources, any form of blessing from God that is more than we need should be used to bless others.
In the above verses God looks after two things – His precious people and the land. Like with us, He expects that the land will be productive and worked for six years, then to have a seventh year of rest (like we have a Sabbath each week). In this way, the land is able to recover / rest and provide nutrition to us for another six years. In this year off, it is still a blessing to others – the poor!
On our Sabbath, we can rest knowing we are a blessing to the Lord. We are following His commandment to rest, we are focusing on him – not on working or creating more opportunities for wealth. Again, as we draw closer to Him, we will find that our six days worth of work are abundantly blessed more than a seventh day of work would have benefited us.
Financial tip – don’t shy away from second hand. Many things you need don’t have to be brand new. You can save a lot of money if you’re willing to purchase something previously loved by another: a fridge, car, lounge suite, etc.