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Envisioning a Different Future

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October 5, 2022 8:00 pm

Envisioning a Different Future

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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October 5, 2022 8:00 pm

The three hundred middle and high school students of the small town of Neodesha, Kansas filed into a surprise school assembly. They then sat in disbelief upon hearing that a married couple with ties to their town committed to pay college tuition for every Neodesha student for the next twenty-five years. The students were stunned, overjoyed, and tearful.

Neodesha had been hard hit economically, which meant many families worried about how to cover college expenses. The gift was a generational game-changer, and the donors hope it will immediately impact current families but also incentivize other families to move to Neodesha. They envision their generosity igniting new jobs, new vitality—an entirely different future for the town and its neighbors.

God desired His people to be generous by not only tending to their own acute needs but also by envisioning a new future for their overwhelmed, struggling neighbors. God’s directions were clear: “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them” (Leviticus 25:35). The generosity wasn’t only about meeting basic physical needs of food and shelter but also about considering what their future life together as a community would require. “Help them,” God said, “so they can continue to live among you” (v. 35).

The deepest forms of giving reimagine a different future. God’s immense, creative generosity encourages us toward that day when we all live together in wholeness and plenty.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Our reading, titled Envisioning a Different Future, was written by Wynn Collier. The 300 middle and high school students of the small town of Neodesha, Kansas, filed into a surprise school assembly. They then sat in disbelief upon hearing that a couple with ties to their town had decided to pay college tuition for every Neodesha student for the next 25 years.

The students were stunned, overjoyed, and tearful. Neodesha had been hard hit economically, which meant many families worried about how to cover college expenses. The gift was a generational game changer, and the donors hoped it would immediately impact current families, but also incentivize others to move to Neodesha. They envisioned their generosity, igniting new jobs, new vitality, and an entirely different future for the town. God desired His people to be generous by not only tending to their own acute needs, but also by envisioning a new future for their struggling neighbors.

God's directions in Leviticus chapter 25 were clear. If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them. The generosity wasn't only about meeting basic physical needs, but also about considering what their future life together as a community would require. Help them, God said, so they can continue to live among you. The deepest forms of giving reimagine a different future.

God's immense and creative generosity encourages us toward that day when we'll all live together in wholeness and plenty. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Leviticus chapter 25, verses 35 through 37. If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them, as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God so that they may continue to live among you.

You must not lend them money at interest or sell them food at a profit. Let's pray. God, we struggle with being generous in the most basic ways.

Develop in us hearts of generosity that sees a need and acts to meet it. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. I'm Stephen, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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