How we treat people is a reflection of what we think of God and a response to our own past. As Moses continues to give the law, he gives clear instructions how the weak and vulnerable are to be treated. He called on Israel to remember, “that they were slaves in Israel.”
There is a sensitivity that comes from remembering where we came from. Developing amnesia is a bad habit many of us have. However, if we could remind ourselves of the times that we needed help, the times that we had more month than money or the times that we prayed diligently for someone to help us then we would be more sensitive to those around us.
In the Law, it was legislated that the poor, widows and orphans be cared for. If you had a field, you were instructed to leave food for the poor so that they could glean it. As you harvested crops, you were instructed to leave some for the poor who would come behind you.
Humble remembrance of our past serves as the motivation to be kind and generous. Take some time today and remember where you came from and where God has brought you (even though you may not be where you want to be yet). Let this memory soften your heart to show kindness to someone else today. Not because you have to, but because you are thankful.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26; Luke 10:38-11:13; Psalm 76:1-12; Proverbs 12:15-17