Amos 8: 11-12 (message bible) Oh yes, Judgment is coming!” These are the words of my Master God. I will send a famine through the whole country. It won’t be food and water that’s lacking, but my WORD! People will drift from one end of the country to the other, roam to the north, wander to the east. They’ll go anywhere, listen to anyone, hoping to hear Gods Word – but they won’t hear it.
FAMINE – to suffer and hunger, starvation, lack and insufficiency
As I read the scriptures I shook my head to really see if I was reading this correctly, God said it won’t be food and water that’s lacking but His Word. Hold up wait a minute. How could this be? Aren’t we preaching the Word in our congregations, revivals, conferences, summits, workshops and ect.? If we are then why are the people still hungry? Is it because they have itching ears? Why are people going from church to church, conference to conference, revivals to revivals, traveling miles and miles to hear the Word and are still hungry?
We’re still hungry because we’re biting and chewing bits and pieces of the Word (ex: You’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner and you’ve tasted and sampled every dish, but when it’s time for dinner, you can’t sit down and enjoy the meal with your family because you’re full of samples, but you’re not full from a complete meal) see you can’t sample every dish and expect to get the full effect of the meal, you must have an actual meal to be full and content. See sampling wears off, like Chinese food, it doesn’t sustain you, it’s like a quick fix a snack per se. The word of God states in Psalm 34:8, O taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man/woman who trust in HIM.
If you trust God you will taste, savor, chew, swallow and allow your food (the Word) to digest and nourish your body then and only then will you be content and satisfy your hunger. We must learn to take Gods Word as a complete meal, we must not pick and choose the scriptures we like, for instance if I am struggling in lying, I don’t read those scriptures I read the scriptures of the things that I am doing right. And say if I am thirsty instead of drinking water (the living water-Jesus) to quench my thirst I drink sweet ice tea instead!
What if you searched for the Word of God and could not find it? You would be in a terrible mess if God would take His Word and hid it from you. David says that he hid Gods word in his heart that he might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11). Do you have that type of hunger for the Word? Or do you have a Word eating disorder? Are you bulimia in the Word? Binge on the Word, taking in everything so fast and consuming vast quantities and you vomit what you don’t like back up? Are you anorexic in the Word? Starving yourself of the Word, never opening your bible to eat of God’s Holy Word?
This is what God is saying in Amos 8:11-12, it’s not natural food that we will be lacking but spiritual food and if we’re lacking spiritual food, it means that we’re not doing enough to get the Word of God out to people and we’re not taking in enough of Gods word to keeps us fueled and going, we’re lacking in nutrients and vitamins, there is a vitamin deficiency in the land of Christians. We should be ashamed of ourselves, we consume many types of reading material but the Bible is the last thing we’ll pick up.
There are Churches on every corner and there are fast food restaurants on every corner, which one will you choose to eat in if you’re hungry and thirst?
I would love to hear your feed backs.
Forever His Servant
Robin A. Curry