When families and friends gather together to celebrate major holidays, whether it is for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or to ring in the start of a new year, there is usually plenty of food somewhere lying around for everyone to eat.
And while the line is normally quite short for those willing to help clean up and wash dishes afterwards, it can stretch around an entire house for those hoping (or being forced against their own will) to return home with a plate or two of leftover food.
Despite how carefully wrapped or later sealed inside that growing collection of mismatched Tupperware containers you may have within your kitchen, storing and reheating leftover food in order to safely eat again can be a very meticulous process, as bacteria can begin to quickly build and grow on top of it, even though it cannot be seen or smelled for days.
As a general rule, most safety experts will tell you that if unfrozen leftovers are not eaten after three to four days, it is time to toss them away. No matter how much money and time you believe it could save to keep them, your health and the health of those you love will soon be at risk.
When preparing the children of Israel for what could be an endless holiday season, one full of blessing of harvest and increase based upon their own obedience, God provided His own safety regulations when it came to leftovers:
“You will eat the old grain of the previous year and will clear out the old to make room for the new.” – Leviticus 26:10
When we enter into a new year, it is important to remember that everything and everyone we have in our lives is not new. While we may have laid out new goals, resolutions and prayers we desire God to answer, we still will carry around with us a few leftovers.
Whether these leftovers are in the form of relationships, workplaces, or even our own prayer life, every new year requires a thorough evaluation of what was used to feed us the year before. Which is even tougher to do when we believe it was something that God had provided us to have.
However, there is nothing more unpleasant to look into than a cluttered refrigerator. How much worse is a cluttered life God has no room to bless?