June 12, 2012

Lending without reward

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 7:10 pm

Deuteronomy 15:1 “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release.2 And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord’s release has been proclaimed.

I like this economic strategy.  It makes no sense to the world’s financial mindset but demonstrates Your generosity.  It encourages people to lend without thinking of the return, as the debt will get wiped out in seven years at most.  It turns a lender into a giver.  Of course, people don’t naturally think like this.  And by people, I mean me.  I see the benefit for the debtor but wonder what’s in it for the creditor.

9 Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin.10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Well there’s the answer – it’s a sin to hold back from the poor, even if I get nothing back, and Your blessing will be on me if I give.  The lesson in today’s financial system, where this seven-year cycle isn’t a part of standard procedures, is to lend without hope of repayment.  Treat everything given to the needy as a gift.  If it doesn’t come back as a direct repayment, it will be repaid in other ways by You.

Lord give me an open heart and an open wallet, to give freely and without hope of a return or a profit.


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