I’m back to my biblical bookmark, in Leviticus 19:9-10 – WOW I love to get back to scripture – it is an interesting post that God made of His various laws in the times of Moses for the wandering and wondering Israelites: “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.”
Love this scripture too: “Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.“ Proverbs 20:17
There’s a level of responsibility and respect that we are to hold for people who NEED resources that we have but they can not acquire them like we do. Sometimes these folks actually work double hard for half the benefits that we often see. The Lord cautions us against being greedy, requesting and requiring the people in Moses’s time to let others get something. We are NOT to GLEAN, which is make a second pass over our fields. We are to be satisfied with what we do harvest and we do have, and that should give us enough of those blessings that we had hoped for. Often times we ARE harvesting blessings which are countable and sufficient. The Lord DOES GIVE in sufficient ways. Not only leave the little stuff behind for others, as the scripture instructs, but move forward with what we did harvest and get gping to use that. To receive and appreciate the first pass as ENOUGH. Next, we could also take what we did harvest or recieve and make the MOST of it, not waste it. We could say this about the example of vineyard grapes, or about anything in our resources – or about our TIME. Yes we hold things, store some, but hoarding has sometimes become a dangerous folly.
Like money, food, time, don’t waste anything and then gripe about not having enough. Wow, that’s an appropriate description of our use of resources and time and when we hoard grapes from vineyards we should have shared, often we are left with sour grapes.
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. Proverbs 20:13
I often think about the times where I have hosted a party and then I’m still in preparation mode when the first guests arrive. I am not ready to sit and enjoy their company or offer mine because I am still focused on gleanings, on doing what I think should be the rest of my preparations. Sometimes I get around this by leaving some easy “guests friendly” tasks in the kitchen to the beginning on the party. It is also wise to do the pre-party things early, like deep cleaning the table, make space to share the party food, to make the time later to enjoy the guests. I want to make space and time in my party where I get to sit!!! Also how important to invite the people to the party before doing anything else. It’s no party if you forget to invite the guests. Organize and prioritize, leave yourself time, give yourself time. Use Wisdom and leave Folly off the menu.
The Wisdom says the Lord has provided goods, friends, freedom, prosperity to you. Wisdom from the Lord says God has provided you to provide His people their windfall too. Don’t be greedy, glean not. Leave something for someone else.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
Wisdom vs. Folly
Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
Psalm 9:1-6, 10-18