Sunday, June 30

Break the famine!

Scripture: Amos 7-9, Psalm 104, Titus 2

Amos 8:11–12  “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign 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. 12 People 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.”

Observation

One of the most repeated laments of the prophets is God saying, “I have spoken, but you have not listened.”  Here, the Lord takes it a step further.  He says that the day is coming when He will stop speaking.  There will be a famine for the word of the Lord.  People will begin to look for it and won’t find it.  (This is also predicted by other prophets, but only Amos uses the vivid metaphor of a famine.)

Application

I have a tee-shirt that says, “Break the famine!  Amos 8:11” and on the other side it says, “Feed yourself.”  

Two applications.

First, God has spoken through the prophets and ultimately in Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3).  We have that word of the Lord recorded in our Bibles and can feed ourselves any time we want.  This is why daily PBJ is so important.  God has spoken!  Feed on it!  Jesus quoted Deuteronomy that says that man doesn’t live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).  We need to feed on God’s word daily for our spiritual nourishment as much as we need “our daily bread” for physical sustenance.  Feed yourself!

Second, God is still speaking by His Spirit, and we need to be listening for “the still small whisper.”  The word of the Lord comes to those who are listening, who are attentive.  My life is so much better, so much more focused and healthy when I’m listening to the Spirit.  God is still speaking—are you listening?  Pay attention!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for speaking—through creation, the prophets, Jesus (the ultimate Word of God), the Bible…and now by Your Spirit.  Help me to break the famine—to listen, be attentive and do what You say!