In the American churchWe are seeing a renewed call for discipleship and a desire of people to hear God’s Word. In some areas, this desire is great because they formerly lacked God’s Word. So they crave and thirst for God in a great way.
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, said the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
I remember the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college I traveled around as a children’s evangelist for the ministry of Neighborhood Bible Time. We had 3 weeks of training before we were sent out to travel for around 9 weeks. During each of these training weeks, we would fast on the Tuesday of that week. This was the first time that I had ever fasted in my life. The first 2 weeks we were super busy during the day so I did not notice being hungry a lot. But last week I felt like I was starving the whole day because of it being mostly a study day.
I cannot imagine what it might be like taking that feeling and having it almost every day in a famine. Typically famines are for food or water. As was in the case of the Old Testament.
But here in this verse, it talks about a famine for the Word of God. I believe that we went through this to a certain extent as a nation. And now we are seeing more and more preachers turning to the power of God’s Word. We are also seeing many young people desiring a greater knowledge and thirst for the Bible.
Because of this, there is a new charge for discipleship and biblical preaching.
Romans 10:17 says, so then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
As people hear the Word they have the opportunity to respond in faith to the Gospel. God’s Word is powerful and deserves to be sought after. In Amos 8:12, Amos refers to the people searching everywhere for the Word of God.
What are some takeaways from this verse for us?
- We should love God’s Word. We should never take for granted the Bible and it’s power.
- We should seek after God’s Word. This should first be exemplified in our own lives. Second, we should seek after it through Godly, biblical preaching/teaching in the local church. Is your church preaching the Word of God or someone’s fancy words?
- We should seek to pass on God’s Word. One way to keep away from a famine is to continue passing God’s Word on to others. This happens best in a discipleship group or in other teaching areas of the church or at home.
- We must share God’s Word with others. Romans 10:17 shares that faith comes by hearing the Word of God, therefore we must share with other people. WE must do this.
- We should memorize the Word of God. With Christianity starting to come under attack in the USA and in other parts of the world, the Word of God will become more and more scarce. While we have the chance we need to memorize God’s Word. It is a like fresh water in a dessert, famine-filled place for our lives.
I think of the movie, Book of Eli, where Eli was the owner of a rare but powerful book and the only book of that kind left. At the end of the movie, we find out that this book was the Bible. Even a movie portrays how precious the Word of God is.
Do you cherish God’s Word?
How are you fighting the famine of God’s Word?
I would love to hear from you!