Are you surprised when you see a news story about someone finding a large sum of money and going to a lot of trouble to find the person who lost it so the money can be returned? When asked why, those stories almost always include this comment: “It’s just the right thing to do.” But do you think most people would do the same, or would most people say, “Finders keepers, losers weepers?”
Suppose you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep wandering away. Then don’t act as if you didn’t see it. Instead, make sure you take it back to him. Your neighbor might not live near you. Or you might not know who he is. Then take the animal home with you. Keep it until he comes looking for it. Then give it back. Do the same thing if you find his donkey, coat or anything he loses. Don’t act as if you didn’t see it.
(Deuteronomy 22:1-4 ESV)
God expects us to be intentionally careful to respect and protect other peoples’ property. Even if it would take some effort and we might find it easier to just “not notice,” God says to make sure we return things to their owners. He even says we should take the time and trouble to find out who that owner is when we find something and have no idea to whom it belongs. Take care of it (the animal, or other property) until you find the owner. But whatever you do, don’t act like you don’t see anything. Don’t act like it isn’t your problem. Take care of things for the people around you, even for the ones you don’t know. Wouldn’t it be a better world if we all did?
Lord help me be always willing and ready to do what will bless and protect others!