November 09, 2011
Yesterday’s post was pretty heavy. The statistics of the hunger needs are very discouraging and can leave us feeling overwhelmed. However, I don’t believe we are expect to solve the problem. We are told in the Bible that the poor will always be with us (Matthew 26:11). What we are told to do however is to stand up for the poor (Psalm 146:7) and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:30). I realize that if ANY of us had neighbors dying at the rate of 4 kids a minute we would be overwhelmed with urgency to help. This week I realized that if these foreign families lived here in the United States under the same conditions they are in now (no clean water, no healthy food, sleeping on the ground. . .) CPS woud swiftly come in and take the children away. These families may live far away, but they are still our neighbors. I urge us to respond in love rather than to walk away in dispair. Below I have outlined some starting points for your heart.
-Pray for rain.
-Pray for protection for the most vulnerable as they flee violence and drought in search of food.
-Pray for encouragement and relief for parents unable to feed their children.
-Pray that people around the world would respond to the call to help end the famine now.
-Ask God for wisdom on how He might want your family to respond to the hunger need.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14, “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
The Bible shows us that God allows and even uses drought for His purpose and glory. Below are two powerful examples that you may wish to read as a family:
-The story of Elijah proclaiming a drought (beginning in 1 Kings 17) and the dramatic way that God used him to show that he was the ONLY true God on the Mount of Carmel (1 Kings 18).
-The story of Joseph (it begins in Genesis 37) and see how God used the many hardships in Joseph’s life in a special way to provide for others during an extreme drought.
-He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. Psalm 146:7
-Stand up for the poor and the orphan: advocate for the rights of those in need. Psalm 82:3
-Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
Ready to take this a step further? Great! Let’s move on to the hands response for some practical suggestions for you and your family to respond to the hunger crisis.
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