Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher –
How was your weekend? If God gave you the opportunity to preach or teach His Word, I pray that it was effective and that you were able to enjoy being God’s messenger.
Today I want to share a passage with you from Amos 8:11:
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD,
“That 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.”
We all know what a famine is, and we see the pictures from time to time, Heart rending pictures of thousands of people suffering under the tragedy of famine. In such desperate times, the world often mobilizes to bring food to these troubled regions, and sometimes a disaster is prevented from becoming a catastrophe.
The Prophet Amos reminds us that there is another kind of famine: 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. Notice carefully the nature of this famine. It was not about a lack of God’s Word, but it was a famine…of hearing the words of the LORD.
It isn’t that God’s Word wasn’t available, but that it was not listened to. It was not a case of God withholding His revelation; but of people being in such a state that they did not want to hear it.
As a pastor, preacher, or Bible teacher, I trust that you are doing what you can to faithfully bring God’s message. Yet, maybe you are discouraged because (at least sometimes) there seems to be a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.
If that is you, take heart. Even some of God’s best messengers knew what this was like! Make it a matter of prayer, asking God to really work in those who hear you, so they can truly feed on the Word of God. Pray that they would welcome the Word, just as it says in 1 Thessalonians 2:13.
Do your best to give good spiritual food, and then pray: “LORD, send famine relief!”
Blessings to You in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik