i am hunger
In Isaiah 49:10, what did God promise He would do for those who hungered and thirsted?
How can you help bring relief to someone who is experiencing extreme hunger? How can the meeting of a person’s physical hunger lead to opportunities to address their spiritual thirst?
In a previous article, I wrote about four severely malnourished siblings that I have been daily feeding. The children—Joshua, Mirika, Ashaba, Katseme— look drastically different now that they’ve been receiving nutritious food on a regular basis. Their stomachs are no longer bloated and their skin is no longer covered with sores. And their hair is no longer falling out in patches.
Often, I think back to the unusual way I first met the children. The oldest, Joshua, was caught stealing food in my house. When I asked him why he chose to steal rather than ask me for food, he replied, “Because I am hunger.”
Lamentations 4:9 claims, “Those killed by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger.” If being stabbed is a more pleasant way to pass on than starving to death, it’s no wonder hunger drove Joshua to steal.
Intense hunger depletes a person’s strength (Job 18:12). It causes children to faint (Job 17:5; Lamentations 2:19), and causes the lowly of society to scrounge for food in desolate places (Job 30:3).
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “The new estimate of the number of people who [suffered] chronic hunger [in 2011] is 925 million.” Our God is a God who surely desires that these hunger statistics improve. Just as He “satisfied [the Israelites’] hunger” by providing meat and manna in the wilderness (Psalm 105:40), God longs to open His hand and “satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing” today (Psalm 145:16).
Let’s join Him by praying earnestly for the millions of starving people around the world, and by seeking tangible ways to help “satisfy the hunger” of His “treasured ones” (Psalm 17:14).
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Genesis 32:1-33:16
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