11 "Behold the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD,
"when I will send a famine on the land--
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the LORD.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD,
but they shall not find it."
Amos 8:11-12, English Standard Version
Famine of Bread
My mother often told me of a time during the depression when her family ran out of food. Each day they ate less and less to try to preserve the little they had left. Finally, my mother told her friend on the way home from school that she would not be able to go to school anymore because she was too weak to walk that distance. Her friend was horrified, and ran home to tell her mother that the Miles' family was out of food. Her mother, who had a car, drove to my mother's house and took Grandmother to the government commodity distribution center, so Grandmother could get bread and cheese for her family.
In our prolific days of money and material things, we can hardly imagine such a thing. But, did you know that there is something even worse than a famine of bread? The Lord tells Amos, in verse 11, shown above, that He is about to send a famine of "hearing the words of the LORD."
The Word of God has permeated throughout the world, but there still are places where people have not heard the Word of God. That, however, is not the famine spoken of here. A famine of hearing the words of the LORD, is brought about by the people, themselves! When the people of the land refuse to hear and obey the Word of God, God sends them exactly what they are asking for. God sends them pastors and shepherds who no longer fear God, and no longer teach the Word of God.
Does that sound familiar? We may not have a famine of bread in the United States, but we certainly do see a growing trend of those who refuse to believe or follow God's Words, but rather become a law unto themselves. You can see how much it has ingrained itself into our culture when you see laws passed which give a license to do things forbidden by God.
Be careful dear Christian, lest you find yourself caught up in a trend which will force you to become an enemy of God! These are sobering words, but we must not be naive. God is not mocked; His Word stands pure and holy. He demands His people to seek a holy life before Him.
Go to Christ today, and cry out for Him to conform you to His Word, alone.
God Bless You,