The poor, orphans and strangers in Israel were entitled by law to collect the leftovers during the harvesting of crops (Lev 19:9,10). Ruth was one who painstakingly gathered up the missed stalks of grain in the fields of Boaz (Ruth 2:7,8).

Recognising that our blessings have been gleaned through God’s goodness and grace from His abundant fields, we should cheerfully and generously allow others in need to glean from the blessings we have received, not just horde everything for our own use.

We glean or gather spiritual sustenance through our reading of and meditating on the Word of God.

See also: devotions, Ruth.