September 22, 2010 | 09:36 am

Wednesday – Out of Control Giving

Here’s a quick recap of this week's text in Jeremiah. Jeremiah saved the day by purchasing his cousin’s worthless plot of land so he wouldn’t lose it. We have no idea what kind of person his cousin was, so I have a question based purely on a hypothetical situation. First the hypothetic: What if the cousin was a louse and ungrateful? What if the cousin had squandered his wealth before and was likely to do it again? What if Jeremiah was “throwing good money after bad”? Here’s the question: If this were the case, should Jeremiah still have helped him? I suspect that Jeremiah would still have helped.  Partly based on the custom of the law of redemption (see Tuesday’s blog). And partly because sometimes we can’t control the outcome of how a gift is used, nor should we. The difficulty is knowing when good stewardship means giving toward a directed outcome, and when our giving should be out of control.