Famine for God’s Word!
Scripture reading for September 14th: Amos 8-9
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land–not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” Amos 8:11-12
We are so blessed in America! We have nearly 360,000 churches across our land. Even in our city of Owensboro and surrounding area, there are nearly 200 churches to choose from for a population of about 115,000. About 30,000 -40,000 of those attend a church each week, a high number compared with other parts of our nation. We have services broadcast on television, cable, internet, and radio each day of the week. Christians should be out in the community sharing their faith and the word of the Lord each day. We should not have a famine for God’s word or have to search for it! Bibles are in most homes and for sale everywhere.
Amos lived and ministered among a people who were religious and went to church each Sabbath day to hear God’s word! They had prophets who spoke to them regularly. Children of that time had to memorize the Books of Moses before their thirteenth birthday in order to become an adult. What happened that Israel would have this famine in their land?
When we ignore the Lord and the truth we have from Him, we go into darkness that is deeper than before! They willfully went their own way and neglected to apply what was made known to them. This brought God’s wrath and judgment on them. This should be a strong warning to us today in America and in our city of Owensboro! To whom much has been given, much will be required!
God’s mercy was evident even in these dire prophetic writings of the prophet Amos. (Amos 9:8-10) God promised restoration after the judgment. He promised to restore the nation again and plant them in the land that He gave to them. (Amos 9:11-15) God’s goodness to a stubborn people is amazing! It draws us to repentance and faithful love again! (Romans 2:4) Let His mercy bless you today! Take advantage of the blessing of having God’s word as your living bread! Eat and be satisfied!