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Topic: Hunger (11/08/04)

TITLE: He satisfies every hunger
By Dayo Osho


It was a well-attended crusade. Prior to the crusade, the advertisement had been on in all the local Television stations for several weeks. All the local newspapers ran several pieces on event. A week to the event, several talk show programs both on radio and television focused on it. People volunteered from different denominational background just to make it a success. A standing crusade committee was in place, overseeing the preparation and on the day before the one-day crusade, they were on ground to address a press conference.

On the crusade day, big and mighty cinema screens adorned every corner of the venue. The turnout was beyond the organizers’ expectation. Although, the chosen venue was a bit far from the main city, it was nonetheless filled with people. The preacher, a well-known name, is known for miracles at his crusades. Half of the people there came to get healed; some came to see if all they have heard were true while the rest were the followers of the man of God.

And so, after song ministrations, the preacher climbed the platform and He began the message. The message was straight and direct. He talked on the kingdom of God, the benefits and the consequences of shunning the free salvation of God. He was quite eloquent, no repetition. The people were engrossed in his words. The whole crusade ground was very quiet; nobody had heard God’s words spoken in that manner and with such authority before. He went on for hours, no one bothered about time. When the preacher closed his message, people were still willing. He had preached for more than half the day. None was hungry until He finished. Unfortunately the crusade planning committee did not envisage that there might be need for any refreshment for the people.

There is a need for the people to eat. The committee was still meeting on how to deal with the situation, when they heard the Man of God bringing the meeting to an end while announcing that the people should wait for refreshments. You can imagine the frustration on all their faces as they marched to meet him at the back of the altar. “These people must eat, they are so tired and hungry” he said. Everybody was watching with surprise since they thought he was aware of the current situations. Eventually the committee chairman voiced out, “sir, the closest place to buy food is some distance away and even then, these people are so much that whatsoever we buy will be insignificant, it won’t go round”. “Apart from a little boy’s lunch of fish and loaves of bread, there is no hope of getting any edible thing around here”, said another of the preacher’s close associate. “Make them sit and bring the small fish and bread that you have.” The preacher said. He collected the small boy’s food, and blessed it, he then gave it to all the committee members to share with the people. You may not believe this, but the food was sufficient for the entire huge crowd present on that crusade ground.

The above scenario came from John chapter 6, only that the preacher was our Lord Jesus Christ and there was no crusade committee, neither was the event of the day as technically expansive as we have today. But the revelations and morals of that story remain evergreen. Although, Jesus asked his disciples what they would give the crowd to fill their hunger, he already knew what he would do. God knows what he will do about our lives. He has an exact plan of how to solve all difficult issues we may be facing. Sometimes the needs in our lives might be so vast and overwhelming. At points like this, there is always the temptation of removing our spectacles of faith and looking at our situations with naked senses, but the truth is that God is always willing and interested in our lives and He is committed to meeting every need or hunger we might experience, be it spiritual or physical. We don’t even need to announce them to him before he comes to our aid. All we need to do is to learn how to sit on the grasses of his word while he fills our hunger. His ministering spirits are there; ever ready to supply the required loaves and fishes adequate to satisfy our hunger.

Member Comments
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Corinne Smelker 11/15/04
I loved your modernisation of this well known Bible passage. I almost think you could have stopped after giving the story, you didn't really to explain who it was. But apart from that, it was well written
Mitzi Busby11/15/04
Great retelling of the parable. I enjoyed it!
Deborah Anderson11/19/04
Nice twist you gave this near the end. I didn't see it coming. God bless you.