Inspired by Isaiah 41:14-20
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:17-20 (NRSV)
Why are so many people suffering poverty in the world? Why do so many people lack the basic resources they need for survival? How could God abandon them to such misery?
God has not abandoned them, nor is he the source of their misery. God created the earth and all that is in it, and God has provided enough resources for everyone. It’s our own greed and unjust systems that cause some to have great abundance, and others to have great need.
If the day were to come that the earth’s resources could not sustain human life, God would cause the earth to produce more. He has the power to produce new sources of water and natural resources, all with a word, just as he brought all the rest of creation into existence with a word. But that day has not come. There is no shortage of resources on earth; there is a shortage of justice and compassion.
Consider those things you want, and weigh them against what others need. Help to bring water to the thirsty and opportunity to the oppressed. Help to participate in God’s justice, and trust that the hand of the Lord will do the rest. All good things come from him; share his blessings with all his people.
Let us pray. Creator God, you made the earth to sustain all life. Help us to trust in your abundance, that all may live without fear or scarcity. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.