Like clockwork, this phrase is uttered before mealtimes throughout many a home. Of course, in most instances, it is an exaggeration. Aside from a growling stomach and a little discomfort, the meal could easily be skipped with little or no ill effect. Many of us eat very well and are nowhere near starvation. Yet, there are many families, in this country and throughout the world, who are starving and this exclamation is not an exaggeration at all, but a desperate cry for help. Sometimes this hunger leads to desperate measures, including stealing.
People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.
God does not condone stealing food and He holds every person accountable who does such an action. But God holds us accountable as well. We, who have food and resources in abundance, should be willing to share of our abundance with others who have less. It can be a donation of food or money or it can be actively participating in organizations that gather food and prepare it for the homeless and hungry. We should seek to care for others so that hunger does not drive a person to stealing and other desperate measures.
But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:17-18
Let us love others with the love God has given to us.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.