The Danger of Food Security
On the way to teach at Southern Bible, I heard an interesting discussion on public radio. The subject was “food insecurity.” Many Americans don’t give a thought about whether there will be enough to eat for the next meal. At lunch, we go out with our fellow workers, choose a restaurant, and then face a myriad of choices on the menu. At home, we simply open the refrigerator and choose what to prepare for supper. This is called “food security,” but when we aren’t sure where the next meal is coming from, it’s the opposite — “food insecurity.”
One thing I’ve learned from my Kenyan brothers and sisters when they pray before we eat, they mean it. They remember who provides their daily bread. Food insecurity is tough, but it often generates strong faith and trust. In food security, there can be a lurking deadly virus, a self-satisfaction that causes us to forget who gives us life and who sustains it. This self-satisfied forgetfulness led to Israel’s downfall.
“But from the land of Egypt I am the Lord your God. You have never been intimate with any god but me. There is no other Savior—only me. I knew you in the wilderness, in the parched land. When I fed them, they became satisfied. They ate and were fully satisfied. It’s then that their heart became arrogant. On account of their full stomach and pride, they forgot me” Hosea 13:4-6
When I’m not sure where the next meal is coming from or how I’m going to pay for it, I pray hard and remember to trust. When money is in the bank, the refrigerator is full, and my stomach is swollen, I face the temptation of the rich satisfied farmer who forgot that full barns couldn’t provide security.
LORD, help me to remember you today. When I thank you before meals, help me to mean it. I also pray for some of my brothers and sisters in Kenya who are facing food insecurity. Provide the rain, abundant crops, honest farmers and grocers, and government officials who won’t steal.
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