Ahab ordered Obadiah, “Go through the country; locate every spring and every stream. Let’s see if we can find enough grass to keep our horses and mules from dying.” 1 Kings 18:5
According to World Hunger Education Services, there are three main causes for poverty in the U.S. (1) poverty in the world; (2) the operation of the political and economic system in the U.S. which causes people from poor families to remain poor, and (3) the physical mental and behavioral issues among some people who are poor.
My concern about hunger is with the children and disabled adults who can’t work and take their paycheck to the grocery store to purchase food. In 2012, 14.5 percent of households were considered to be “food insecure”–a new term for hungry–approximately 15.9 million were children under the age of 18!
In the scripture for today, King Ahab chose comfort for his animals over the starving people. Are those of us sitting down to three full meals a day doing enough to help children who are “food insecure?”
Dear Lord, help us to feed the hungry before satisfying our appetite for power and material possesions. Amen.