“[The LORD said] ‘If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.’” — Exodus 22:25-27 (NIV)
The LORD’s further explanation of the Ten Commandments reminds us forcefully that God’s ways are not our ways. What would the banking industry be like if interest were not charged? Furthermore, what would our financial world be like if interest was not expected even on investments? God not only expects us to help those who are in need but also to place our trust in Him — not our planning or investments — when we are needy. We can trust God to be compassionate. The question is, Do we?
Prayer: Loving God, You remind us daily of Your compassion for those in need. Help us to trust in You for all our needs. Amen.
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