This week, the restaurant chain Nando’s announced it had closed 45 of its restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales due to a shortage of chicken. According to a spokesperson for the firm, the “bottleneck was at UK chicken distributors, which has warned in recent weeks that Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic have created a perfect storm that's limiting production”.
Whilst this is hardly the end of the world for most of us, the supply chain crisis caused by the scarcity of HGV drivers means shortages are being reported in several other areas. Several supermarkets have warned of dwindling food supplies, while major retailers are reporting their lowest stock levels since 1983. Meanwhile, wider global supply chain issues are causing other shortages – school uniforms, computer chips and cardboard for packing, to name just three examples.
When we read headlines such as these, it is encouraging to remind ourselves that our God is a God of plenty, not scarcity. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “give us this day our daily bread” Matthew 6:11 he emphasised God’s desire to bless us not just with all our physical needs but our spiritual ones as well. More than that, Jesus embodied God’s never-ending love for humankind. As the Apostle Paul put it, “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Romans 8:39
Whatever we need, Jesus is the living proof that God will provide, no matter what.
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