Psalm 37:25 (New International Version)
I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
Arch Heffron was destined to become one of the great educators of the Adventist Church in Australia. But on this day during the Great Depression, that destiny was far in the future.
Times were tough. So tough that the food had run out. Not nearly run out -- it had completely run out. There was nothing for the man, his wife, and his children to eat. Absolutely nothing.
"I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor their children begging bread."
But on this day in the 1930s, it seemed as if that promise was about to fail. Where would the food come from? What could they do? There was nothing else for young Arch Heffron to do except gather his wife and children to the meal table.
"Let's bow our heads for grace," he said.
Grace! With no food in the house -- not a single crumb in the house! But the family obeyed. They bowed their heads, closed their eyes, and the father prayed. Then it happened.
While the family was saying grace at the empty meal table, there was a knock at the front door. Arch went to the door.
"We had a party at our place last night," said a neighbour. "We have food left over. Could you use some?"
What incredible faith! Thanking God for food when there was no food. Think about it. Others may have been cursing God by this stage. Arch and his family were praising God by saying grace around an empty meal table.
There really was no need for young Arch's family to worry. They did not need food until the instant they were about to eat it. And at that instant, God provided.
Dear Lord we pray that our faith in You will be strong enough that we would say grace even if there was no food on the table. In Jesus’ name, Amen.