Deuteronomy 16:17 (CSB)
17 Everyone must appear with a gift suited to his means, according to the blessing the Lord your God has given you.
This pericope contains the overview for the third and final festival outlined here, as well as a summary of the three.
The final festival, the “Festival of Shelters”, occurs at the close of the farming season, when all the crops have been harvested. Very similar to the previous Festival of Weeks, this festival is to be a celebration in recognition of God’s provision. One thing I think is neat, is how Deut. 16:15 suggests this is a rejoicing of a future event, of what God will do: “because the Lord will bless you […], and you will have abundant joy.” We should always have a gratitude for what God has already done for us, and what he is currently doing for us, but we also should be thankful for the future blessing he will be showering upon us!
The final two verses are a summation of the three festivals. And the take away here is this: everyone is to come before God, with an offering in line with his means and in line with what God has blessed him with. And when we appear before God, to offer back to him according to what he has given to us, nobody should be empty handed. Think about that: all of us have been blessed with something! What a great truth that no matter how bad we might think things are, we are blessed by God.
Lord, thank you for blessing us. We may not think we are, because we can be so blind and broken, jaded and narcissistic, but we are blessed. I pray for a grateful heart, and thankful attitude, which glorifies and praises you. Amen.