Behold, the days come,
saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of
bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they
shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall
run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it].
Amos 8: 11, 12
Today we are seeing a
famine growing all around this planet. We’re being told by the UN almost on a
daily bases that the food famine is here and it is growing. We are told that in
just twenty more years we will need to be producing 50 percent more food than
this world is currently producing. Famines come and go. Sometimes they are quite
severe encompassing large areas of the globe and other times they are not so far
reaching, affecting only a small segment of our population. The U.S. is
always very involved in sending supplies to areas where there is human suffering
due to a famine or some other catastrophe.
Sure we are seeing some
decline of availability of some food products and risingprices
are beginning to put a strain on our pocket books. I live in the American
Midwest in a community that thrives on raising cattle. I hear a lot of
complaining about the price of cattle feed. Yet the price farmers are receiving
for their beef is staying about the same. All this is exasperated by the high
cost of fuel for these ranchers as they try to cut their fields, feed their
cattle, and take their cattle to market. Yet the high cost of raising cattlepales
in comparison to the famine coming upon this land which is spoken of by Amos.
Humanity needs to help in
every way we can if indeed we are seeing a famine coming.
But there is a worse famine than food famines. “Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,”Matthew
A famine for the word of
God is coming upon our land and in fact is in part already here. People on a
whole, that is worldwide, are no longer interested in hearing the word of God.
“And he said unto
them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to
you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall
be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he
hath,” Mark 4:24, 25.
In the end times people
will be running to and fro seeking what they won’t be able to find. We’re told
that because they’ve rejected God’s word for so long that they just won’t be
able to recognize the truth any longer even if they wanted. Humanity, by
despising God, will reap what they have sewn.
“For this cause also
thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye
heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth,
the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe”,
1 Thessalonians 2:13.
Here we’re told how to receive God’s word;
we receive it as the truth of God. Many even now shun the word of God, or even
disparage it as a falsehood.
I believe God has put a
burden upon the heart of every born again believer to be upfront with the truth
of His word in every situation of life. As believers, God would not want us to
leave this responsibility of speaking the truth to
our pastors alone or even to others. An attitude of allowing others to do the
dirty work, so to speak, is not only wrong but it is counter-productive. The
pastoral staff of this world is shrinking at a phenomenal rate. The dropout rate
of pastors in just the Southern Baptist Churches alone is four thousand per
year. In all protestant Churches combined over 1,500 pastors leave the ministry
each month, that’s each month.
The famine of “hearing”
God’s word is getting worse on a daily bases, and this famine is being
propagated by believers who won’t speak up. It seems as though we believers are
simply saying, “There’s always someone out there witnessing, why should I
bother”. People, this attitude is completely against God’s word.
The mainstream media is a
huge platform which the enemy uses to further his agenda of lies. If Christians
were more vocal, we could also use this platform to spread the truth of God’s
message of salvation. But that isn’t the case is it? Christians have become so
passive and apathetic that the world has it easy when it comes to walking all
over us, especially those in the mainstream media.
The Laodicean Church, spoken of in the third chapter of
the Book of Revelation, is most definitely alive and well in this age. Jesus
stands on the outside and knocks; whoever will open the door will receive unto
them our Lord Jesus. The problem with the Laodicean Church is they believe they already have
everything they need. Guess what, they don’t have the most important part, Jesus
Christ. Remember Jesus is standing on the outside knocking; He’s not in the
The famine of God’s word
is a choice people have made to reject it, to completely turn from the truth and
embrace the lie of secularism. Even many Christians have embraced this lie.
According to research done by the Barna Group,only
seven percent of born again believers have a Biblical worldview. The rest have
turned from the truth of the Bible and from the joy of the Lord. That means 93%
of professing Christians have no desire to hear the truth.
What Amos is speaking of
in referring to a famine of God’s word, is people will no longer “hear” the word
of God. Whether consciously or unconsciously they will seek after it in the end
times but they won’t find it. They didn’t want to “hear” it for so long that it
will no longer be available to them. A God famine so to speak, brought about by
a lack of pursuit of His word.
Many pastors are either
going through this famine or are steeped in it. Because so many have turned away
from God’s word they will no longer be able to preach the truth. People not
wanting to hear the truth convince their pastors of what they want to hear,and
pastors wanting to please their congregations preach what their congregations
want to hear,and
both are turning away from what God wants them to be teaching and/orto
be taught so that sooner of later God just takes the word away from them all
together. We know for a fact that this is an end time’s scenario happening
before our very eyes.
If we seek God, God tells
us that we will find Him. On the other hand if we despise God and remain in this
attitude for very long, it will be increasingly more difficult to “hear” His
word, let alone receive His word unto ourselves. This is an attitude that many
are in today, completely unaware of where they are headed. Of course we know
they are headed for Hell.
If we as born again believers will confront these people with the truth of God’sword,the
Holy Spirit has a better than even chance to convict them of theirfoolishness
and turn them before it’s too late. We must plant the seeds of His word to stave
off this famine coming in our land. God will do the rest.
God bless you all,