Do you remember that old saying?
I remember growing up if we ever left food on our plate we were told, ‘eat it as there are children starving in other countries who’d be glad of it.’ As a child it always baffled me how my parents would post my leftovers to them as it would be ‘off’ by the time it arrived!
As a missionary, I had no choice not to waste and not to ‘make do and mend.’ A mere tablespoon of mince meat amongst four of us boiled with potatoes and onion (recipe from my Mother-in-Law who was the wife of a poorly paid pastor) cooked until thick like porridge then scooped onto bread was a filling meal (to this day my family love it – albeit with more mince meat!). Another meal would be three beaten eggs, mashed with boiled potatoes, flattened and fried in a pan – a ‘tortilla’.
I’d been brought up by quite wealthy parents, and was used to having whatever I fancied whenever I fancied it. But on finding myself on a poverty-stricken mission-field, I had to learn fast on how to feed my family from very little available. It was a necessary lesson for me in appreciation and to never ‘look down’ on anything God provided. Before this, I’d never eaten a tomato, lettuce, salad, or vegetables in my life! I’d only ever sat down to Mom’s best lamb chops, perfectly roasted potato’s, and her delicious gravy! But once I’d learned my long hard lesson of ‘waste not’ I ‘wasted not’ ever again, and could give thanks’ for ‘whatever’ and eventually the day arrived when I started to enjoy anything and everything.
For me, it’s just second nature never to waste. Whatever is left over in our house will be our meal the next day, even if we feel like something other! I absolutely hate waste, especially food and could never throw an item of food away, my lesson coming from John 6:12, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” (i.e., wasted).
It won’t be too long before everyone has to learn how to ‘waste not’ and to ‘make do and mend.’
Biblical Prophesy predicts famine is coming and we can see it has already started!
Russia has already stolen all the grain from the bread basket of Europe. There is a serious lack of food production due to a pandemic. Global shipping has dropped. The feed for livestock has increased fourfold so farmers are selling their land for alternative careers. We are slowly being ‘conditioned’ to eat bugs! For the first time since the last war, grocery shops are rationing food items due to shortages of products.
We may as well get used to the fact that the days-of-plenty are coming to an end! In Church on Sunday a dear sister in Christ said ‘well I would keep some chickens‘ thinking it would solve her problem of a food shortage. But during a famine no-one with a few chickens will be safe from theft! It’s no use ‘stock-piling’ as desperately hungry people would soon get to know and ransack. And a tell-tale sign in a famine of anyone hoarding will be those still healthy-looking, while others getting visibly thinner. No-one escapes from a real famine.
For now, we need to learn how to ‘waste not’ and to ‘make do and mend’ to at least show the Lord that we are trying to be disciplined and to be grateful for everything, because the days of ‘throwing food away’ is not only wrong, it will very soon, be a thing of the past.
“There will be famines“ (Matthew 24).
“There will be great earthquakes, plagues, and famine“ (Luke 21:10,11).
We’ve had the ‘plague’ which is far from over (and expect another!). Now the famine.
A prophesy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 shows how tough times have already begun, “In the last days difficult times will come.” And it adds – this is only the beginning of ‘birth pangs.’
But please don’t think that it is wrong or a lack of faith to be afraid. All of God’s best servants in the Bible were afraid at one time or another. And I notice that when they were afraid, they didn’t try to hide or deny it. The Lord was never angry or disappointed with anyone for being afraid. The Lord always reached out with love and compassion assuring them He was still there!
Thank God for Jesus who will always be there! “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35).
What we should be ‘stockpiling’ is hard-copy Bibles!
Because, as well as physical famine, there will be a famine for the word of God because one day, not too far away, the Bible will be made illegal through the ‘powers-that-be’ (Amos 8:11-12).
Copyright. Christine Smith. 2022. Living Devotions UK
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