In the world we live in today, there is still an issue with poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
Some countries are affected by droughts or floods, which cause a shortage of crops and food. In the Bible, there is a well-known story about feeding the hungry.
But it goes way back to Moses in the Old Testament. Back then, God directed the Israelites to be extra good to their neighbors, including those less fortunate.
Here are some Bible verses that encourage the followers of God to help those who are poor or hungry.
“The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord!”
The Psalm begins with David’s anguish at being abandoned by God but ends with declarations of God’s faithfulness, both in the moment and into the future.
In moments of crisis, like natural disasters or personal tragedies, we have hope that people will eat and be satisfied in God’s Kingdom.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.”
We are all called to share our food with the hungry, regardless of whether or not we like those who need it.
“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.”
In this Psalm, the psalmist expresses God’s passionate concern for those marginalized in society, the oppressed and hungry, prisoners and blind.
“The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground, trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.”
God’s original design for humans included an abundant provision, food, water, and other resources. By using these gifts wisely, people would live physically satisfying lives on Earth.
“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.”
In the future, God’s original design will be restored in New Creation, a world without hunger or thirst where everyone is provided for.
“You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning because he has heard your grumbling against him.”
This chapter treats part of the story of the Israelites in the desert, showing God’s kind provision despite their grumbling.
Not for a single day did he let them go hungry: He provided bread and meat from heaven, feeding them directly out of his hand.
“If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
God calls us to share our food and feed those who are hungry. So when we give, we should give generously; however, the Bible also commands that we must spend ourselves doing so!
“But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
Jesus’s miracle of multiplying the loaves and fishes is recounted in all four Gospels (Mark 6, Luke 9:10-17, John 6).
Each Gospel writer emphasizes a different aspect of Jesus’ miraculous act. In Mark’s version, we witness human generosity at work; in Luke 9, it’s a story about his heavenly Father providing for those who seek him with sincerity; and in John 6, God, not man, is ultimately responsible for feeding the multitude.
“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, 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.”
Jesus linked caring for vulnerable people with ministering to himself: “I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.”
Caring for needy people is not only following Jesus’ lead. It’s a form of ministry in its own right.
“He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.”
Mary sings, filled with joy at her role in God’s plan to bring about his Kingdom. Jesus, the Messiah, has arrived, and those who have been hungry for goodness will receive it, and those who keep their wealth selfishly instead of sharing with others will be left empty-handed when we all eventually die.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
In this verse, Jesus talks about spiritual hunger and thirst, but also physical ones. He’s referencing the miracle of God’s provision in the desert (Exodus 16:8).
The physical need of people matters to Him, as it always has.
“Now, the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. There was not a needy person among them.”
The Book of Acts describes a community where all its members share their possessions so that there is no needy person among them.
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed.” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? “
James uses this example of a person who sees a physical need and attempts to meet it as the most basic illustration of how faith in action looks.
“But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.”
Instead of inviting people with a lot of money, we should invite poor people. Serving the poor will bring us closer to God and help us fulfill His plan for our lives.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
We often think of our money as something we have, but it is a gift from God. Giving it away for the good of others is a way to show gratitude for God’s blessings.
It means we can all do our part by sharing what we have with those who need it. The Bible tells us that Jesus once fed the hungry with a few loaves of bread and fish and told his disciples to do likewise.
So if you have some food left over from your dinner, or if you have extra money in your wallet, or if you have extra clothes in your closet, whatever it is, you are doing a great thing for someone else when you take that extra step and share it with someone else.
You don’t even have to give money; you can give away food! You can do something as simple as bringing a loaf of bread to a homeless shelter on a cold night and telling them that you’re there because you care about them.
Or maybe bring some clothes, like socks or underwear or whatever they need most right now.”
Christians are called to love their neighbors as themselves. When we see someone in need, we should remember that God wants to help people grow and develop, even when it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient.
When we feed others, we also show them how much we care about them! This can help them feel loved and cared for by their community members, which can help build stronger relationships with each other.
It can also be an excellent opportunity for sharing our faith with others through actions such as giving someone food as a token of your love towards them.
Serving someone who needs basic human needs like shelter or clothing or volunteering your time helping others around you.
The Bible talks about giving to the poor in a few different ways. In one passage, the apostle Paul says that we should give to those in need, not necessarily because it is the righteous thing to do but also because it builds up our character and teaches us humility.
In another passage, he says that if we give food to the hungry and drink water to those thirsty, we will be blessed.
In Hebrews 13:16-17, Jesus says there are two kinds of giving: secret and done behind closed doors; this giving is done so that others can praise us for it later.
The other type of giving is done openly and publicly, so others can praise God for it later.
Feeding the hungry is a gift, but it has benefits for the giver, too, not just in terms of community and compassion but also in terms of health.
There are many ways in which giving food to the needy can be good for you:
It will help you feel better about yourself. Giving away food you’ve made yourself makes you feel like an excellent cook who deserves compliments and praise.
It helps you make new friends. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or food pantry allows you to meet new people and have conversations with them, which is always fun!
You’ll be able to sleep better at night knowing that your generosity has helped someone. When we give to others, we’re doing it out of love, and that love can make us feel physically better!
Giving to the needy really does have a remarkable effect on more than just the person who receives your donation. It is an act that inspires others both physically and emotionally. In many cases, their lives are completely turned around. The power of your choice to be charitable is something that can move mountains both literally and metaphorically.