Thursday, August 24, 2017

Food Scarcity

Today’s Headline: Quarantined Liberians Threaten
To Break Isolation Over Food Scarcity

The Ebola epidemic in Africa continues to rage in the affected areas instilling fear in the hearts of men, women and children. Adding food scarcity into the mix only complicates things. After all, humans have to eat in order for life to be sustained and to remain strong enough to fight the deadly disease should they be exposed.

As disheartening as it is to hear the outcry from Liberia over the scarcity of food, just reading the headlines this morning led me to question my own heart and, hopefully, you’ll join me as you consider your heart as well.

Jesus, in His response to the disciples’ question about prayer said, “Give us this day our daily bread.” There are two ways to interpret this … petitioning the Father for food to sustain the body each day. But it also applies to spiritual bread–God’s Word.

“I am the bread of life.
Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.
This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
(John 6:48-51)

There is a plight in today’s word that is even more dangerous than Ebola. It is scarcity of Bread — not the kind made with flour and yeast, but the Bread of Life. Unlike the Liberians who are threatening to break security over the scarcity of bread, we find few who will go to great lengths to partake of the Bread of Life.

Some will say that physical hunger demands a response; feeding the empty stomach is necessary for survival. But, I submit that spiritual hunger is even more dangerous to mankind yet so widely ignored. Unattended spiritual hunger leads to spiritual death–a permanent consequence of ignoring the most important aspect of life that cannot be changed once your physical body dies.

How would you rate your need for spiritual bread? Would you go to extremes to receive it? Would you even break the law in order to partake of it’s eternal nourishment? Are you trying to quench that hunger by imitation bread–those things which satisfy the emotions but lack sustenance for the eternal soul?

Picture in your mind those who are starving clamoring for food, challenging authorities, breaking through barriers, only to find a bite of bread or a mouthful of nourishment. All the while, those who hunger for the Bread of Life seek temporary satisfaction in substitutes while their eternal souls die a slow and painful death due to starvation. For those in Liberia and other countries where starvation is prevalent, food is not plentiful. However, the Bread of Life is ALWAYS available in whatever measure we choose to partake.

The Bread of Life … mandatory for spiritual nourishment. Seek Him. Run after Him. Break through the barriers. Don’t let anything stop you. Nourish your soul with the eternal Bread of Life and you will never hunger again.

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)

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