Reading: 1 Kings 21: 1-21a
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The wealthy strive to attain more and more while the marginalized cling to what little they have. The powerful use the system to add to their position and possessions; the downtrodden feel trapped and isolated. This is part of the world’s economy.
The last shall be first. When you do this for one of the least of these… Love your neighbor as yourself. Love one another as I first loved you. Do not go over your field a second time and do not harvest all the way to the edges. These things are part of God’s economy.
In Elijah’s time the precedent was set for the king to care for and protect the people. The king’s role had been established in the desert when God gave t he covenant. The king was to be the champion of the oppressed, the poor, the widow. But King Ahab strayed far from this idea of benevolent king. Queen Jezebel, who was not an Israelite, certainly helped this departure from God’s covenant.
Today many stray from the commands of God. Today many, like Ahab and Jezebel, seek to place themselves and their desires far above God’s. The forces that drive the world’s economy are powerful. The pull on individuals to be successful in the world’s eyes is strong. Injustice and oppression often occur as the costs of the world’s economy.
God stand opposed to these things and calls on His children to do the same. We are called to be servants to one another and to share His blessings with those in need. God desires for our hearts to grow to become His heart, loving and caring for those with less. May we bring God into the world, being a people who give freely and love deeply. May we lay aside self and seek to care for the needs of all of His children.