In the midst of a busy day here at Morgan County Food Rescue, I decided to take a moment to reflect back on God's words from passages in the Bible. I started to look up passages on giving and being generous or giving everything you have in Jesus' name. Then God placed a verse for me to stumble upon in Deuteronomy 15. After reading it in a few different translations, I decided to read it from The Message, in hopes the verse would make a little more sense to me.
Here's how the Deuteronomy 15:7-9 reads according to The Message translation. "When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help among your people with whom you live in this land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs. Don’t count the cost. Don’t listen to that selfish voice saying, ‘It’s almost the seventh year, the year of All-Debts-Are-Canceled,’ and turn aside and leave your needy neighbor in the lurch, refusing to help him. He’ll call God’s attention to you and your blatant sin."
As we look around and see all the "food insecure" people in our own community, do we as a county look the other way? Or do we stand there willing to do whatever we can to feed our neighbors? God has made clear the expectations that He has for us as followers and believers. All of us here at Morgan County Food Rescue strive daily to follow the path that the Lord has designed for us. This verse was further affirmation that what we are doing here as an organization is all God purposed and designed. We genuinely hope that we are willingly giving to those in need, free of judgment and with the purest of intentions. As stated previously in a blog entry, our goal as an organization is to stop hunger in Morgan County. Please pray with and for us, and stand beside us as we continue toward that purpose.