We hear of famine around the world. Drought causing food shortages, shrinking our wallets with higher prices. Children suffering malnutrition. Families struggling to make ends meet. Famine and drought. The Bible speaks of another type.
Amos chapter 8–‘…not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.’ He talks about ‘the days (that) are coming…’ causing me to wonder if we’re not in those days right now. Who knows? God knows. But our times seem to fit so well, unfortunately. A drought and famine of hearing anything from God.
Our culture has pushed God to the edge. Over-and-out completely looms on the near horizon. Not even edges for Him anymore. Allowed to hang around in old prayers, old lists of commandments, crosses in veteran’s cemeteries. The rationale given runs like this: ‘well, it’s just tradition and heritage, nothing religious about it.’ Really? That offends me in a society easily offended by everything and everyone Christian. There’s a famine coming! No, it’s here!
A few years back I asked a professor from the Moody Bible Institute a question. He was the last professor I had who was still teaching there thirty years later. I asked him what differences he noticed in students then and now. Of course, we were much smarter! No, he didn’t say that! Too bad! What he did say was that students today know so little about the Bible. What? Did I hear what he said? Wax build-up once again? No. If they, the cream of the crop, don’t know their Bibles, what about the average Christian living in a biblically illiterate society?
The famine has come. Money, sexual variations with ad nauseum gender issues, politics run amok, terrorism and sectarianism make us all nervous and cautious. All full of what leads to death and waste of precious life. Amos 8:12 describes our thirsty, wandering, searching planet: ‘…but they will not find it.’ Find what?
The truth with a capital ‘T’, which resides in the Bible, God’s Word. Best way to push back the drought and famine? Dive into the Bible. Immerse yourself in it. Let its rain soak deep within you. Plant its seeds in your heart and mind. Push back! Don’t give in. Share the Word with others. Push back!
Prayer: Lord, help us to be people of the Word, your Bible. Then we will have the showers of blessings you want for your people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.