Good day to you reading this column on Famine and its devastation.
While listening to the local news, there was a major cry out to folks to give to the food bank. Many of us sat down to a hot cooked meal for thanksgiving and yet, here in the USA, nearly 50 million people had no food.
The United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave with nearly 50 million people starving and why? This blessed country who gives to all, accepts all, and never asks for anything in return with a massive food problem.
Many media outlets call awareness to this massive problem but we seem to have no resolve of this frightening issue. Are government handouts the answer? We have those people who “milk” the system and we have those who are in great need because they lost their job and have no one to turn for help.
Folks, man’s system is broke—Simply put, man has put his faith in man and the system that man created has failed. Ok, you knew that but where is the answer?
The answer is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14—Go back and read this verse and let it sink in—If my people who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Heal their land—Did you get that? As you read the Bible, do you see why God created famines? Our country needs to be humbled and I would bet that many millions of people who go without food in our country our humbled.
To many of us, this is the most wonderful time of the year and yet, to those going without food, decent clothing or shelter it is miserable. We are so blessed and yet so misguided that we have become callous to those who truly need a helping hand.
It is sad to go to a restaurant and see the amount of food wasted and the portions given and then thrown into the trash. It is also sad to hear that farmers have thrown away acres of harvested crops into the land because they had now way to transport the goods.
Turn to 2 Chronicles 7:13—“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, verse 14: If my people who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Verse 15: Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
True repentance is more than talk—it is changed behavior and if our country’s behaviors do not change then more and more people will suffer famine because God can not heal our land.
There are always two sides of the coin and for those who are not willing to work, to look for employment, to better themselves and their families or to ask for handouts—Simply put—according to the Bible—Paul says that you must work so that you can eat.
Governments have made and continue to make it too easy not to work and to live off the government—Government programs enslave those people taking the handouts. Adam had to work by the sweat of his brow—He had no government handing anything to him.
We are told all through Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes that work builds character—Yes, the job that you take is not your ideal or forever job, but God has given you a talent or many talents and it is up to you to develop those talents.
The United States of America has been known as the “breadbasket to the world” and yet, we have nearly 50 million people who are suffering from famine. Our country is usually the first to lending a helping hand, offer aid and send workers to rebuild other countries.
The United States of America is a servant nation to the world and yet we have nearly 50 million people suffering from famine. This remind me of the plumber who fixes everyone’s plumbing problems in the neighborhood and never has time for his own house.
Famine could be cured if only our people who are called by God’s name would humble themselves, pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways and our land would be healed.
The bounty would be enormous and the blessings greater than one could imagine.
During the holidays and throughout the year, please take the time to be humble, pray, seek God’s face and follow his commands, laws and statutes. Famine would disappear and our land would be healed if we would adhere to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Count your blessings and Thank God for all things and consider what God has done, When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore a man cannot discover anything about his future. Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NIV)