SSSSssssooooo there was an article in our local paper that was posted to Facebook stating that several local nonprofit groups had unveiled a new “foodie” truck that will deliver 10,000 hot meals to children this summer. The truck will deliver 200 free lunches to students across the city five days a week this summer.
Plans call for the crew cab pickup truck with an attached 18-foot concession trailer to visit three locations daily every weekday for 10 weeks. Each child will choose one of two entrees and get a vegetable, fruit and milk with their meal. This allows for the children to receive fresh and nutritious meals.
There were many positive comments. Some even offering to contribute and volunteer. Praise God for hearts of compassion. Hearts that are like His, hearts like the Lord speaks in Isaiah 30:18, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you. He rises to show you compassion.” The compassion of the True and Living God who is gracious, merciful and loving to all He created.
Now, I know some see no need for compassion for various reasons that I will not use space to discuss. But I will say that this is the truth that I know, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers (Psalm 24:1-2).”
Since this is true, I know that our every possession is a gift from God. 1 Corinthians 4:7, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” I am reminded of God’s warning to the Israelites as He brought them out of Egypt into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
“10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness,that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today (Deuteronomy 8:10-18).”
SSSsssssooooo my heart was/is just sadden by a couple of the responses. One response that was so lacking any compassion for hungry children in need of a meal continues to saddens me. I went back to copy and paste it here, but it was gone…it kinda, sorta went like this, “This makes me so angry…why would you do this…if the children are home to get a meal that means their parents are home when they should be working…stop enabling these people.”
It wounds my heart. Really? Hungry CHILDREN being fed a nutritious meal and you are angry? Really? God commands us to “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience...(Colossians 3:12).” I guess that I am never surprised at how some social issues are so important to the body of Christ and some, oh well…
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
The Lord has compassion for those who are hungry, thirsty, homeless, without clothes, strangers, and in prison. Just saying…are not our new hearts to be like His? SELAH, pause and meditate on it.