Have you ever wondered if you are sinning if you keep that which is not yours or was lost by someone? Well, I have thought about this before also and never really knew the right answer until I finally found it in the Bible. If you have also been thinking about this very topic, then God could very well be trying to teach you something about finding the owner of that lost thing instead of keeping it. As for me, I’d rather see what God’s Word says and not do what I think is right. Then, I will also go forth and do as God says. And today was one of those days that He opened my eyes to know His will in this matter. In Leviticus 6, it is written, 1“and the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, if a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the Lord, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein.” (Leviticus 6:1-3) So lying about things we are watching over for others, we take something away from someone by force, or find something and then lie about having it afterward, these are all sins before God. Even the very fact of finding something and not desiring to return it to the rightful owner when asked is a sin before God. Therefore, every time I find something I am truthful about it with others and also desire to find the owner of such things. If there is a lost and found, I will turn it in there. If not, then I will open my neighborhood app and ask if anybody has lost it.
Now, concerning God in this matter of lost things, God also said the following to Moses, 1“then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found, or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.” (Leviticus 6:4,5) What God says here should convict people of their sins. As a lesson from God, we are to return that which we have that is not rightfully ours. We could have even had something in our possession for years, but as God says, this item should be returned to its rightful owner. This can be some tool, rake, shovel, latter, charger, or other things that you once borrowed from your neighbor, but never returned. It can be that $20 dollar bill you stole from your mom or dad when you were younger. It could be that extra item you received on Amazon, that you never informed them of. Anything that you now have in your possession that you took from someone should be returned, this includes things that you got for free, which you should not have. These things we return with interest. So we bring back what we took and ask, tell the person sorry, and ask how we can make it up to them. As for Amazon, we volunteer to pay for the extra item we received or return it back to them. All this we learn from God Himself in His written word, the Bible.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will desire to give up things in their lives that do not belong to them. They may have things in their possession that they’ve had for years, but was not rightfully theirs. These things need to be made aware of and then given up. I know in my heart that I have taken things from people, especially my neighbors. I have borrowed things and not returned them. And then when I finally realize what I have done, it was sometimes years until I remembered. My flesh may have said don’t worry about it, but I know it was wrong in Your sight. People may have forgotten about these same things as well, long ago, but that doesn’t mean it is right to keep them. I know that the enemy wants us to not worry about these things, but I know He is wrong. So even though I felt very guilty when I knocked on doors of my neighbors, in order to return their possessions, I felt like a load was taken off my shoulders when I did this. Even telling them sorry and what I could do to repay them felt so good. Lord, I just wanted things to get right between me and my neighbors, including my family, when I have wronged them also. So Lord, continue to speak to me daily. Help me remember if I have taken or borrowed something that is not mine and should be returned. I don’t care if I got something extra from Amazon, I will call them up, in order to return the extra item. What is lost does not belong to me, but the person who lost it. This teaching comes from Your Holy Book, the Bible, and I am so grateful that You have taught Moses and the people this. Now I know what is right and what is wrong. I don’t have to second guess or hope I am doing Your will, for You have taught me in scripture. Therefore, I am ready to obey You. I love You, Lord. Your teachings do lead to life eternal, for those who obey them. I give You praise and honor, this day and forever. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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