A Famine Of The Word

Behold, the days come, saith 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 : And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord , and shall not find it.

Amos 8:11‭-‬12 KJV

 

We live in curious times. A time of material plenty and unprecedented prosperity, yet is it is also a time of hunger and famine in the world. It is a paradox of abundance that starvation occurs in a world of immense food waste and spoilage.

As it is the natural so it is the spiritual. The prophet Amos tells us a coming end-time famine, not of bread and food for natural sustenance, but of the Word of God.

At this time people will be starved of the Word. They will be spiritually famished in the midst of apparent plenty.

There is more religious literature, more sermons preached, more churches, more prolific christian media, than at any time in human history, yet astonishingly, we are, by prophecy, in the straits of a severe famine.

The Famine is here as prophesied by the infallible Word of God. Yes, there is a superfluity of food. Spiritual food abounds. What kind of spiritual food is plenty during a famine of God’s Word?

In the natural world, man’s reaction to the inadequacy of farm yields to feed the burgeoning population, has been to genetically modify or ‘hybridize’ the seeds. This has ensured a rise in output, but a decrease in the consumption of wholesome food.

Spiritually, the same has happened. To feed growing congregations, to appeal to the new frontiers of Christianity, to expand into other demographics, ministers have tweaked, modified and diluted the DNA of the Word. Inedible weeds have mixed with edible wheat in a potpourri. Now there is death in the pot.

Just like the first hybridization of the Word in Eden, brought death, this is leading to nowhere. God is not obligated to accept a service from a church based on the adulterated word.

New demographics may have been added, new market segments may have been conquered, but there is still a famine of the true Word.

In the midst of the plenty fanfare that accompanies the current feast of religiosity, the timeless truths of the New Testament church have all but disappeared. The guests at the feast, knowing no better, believe they are eating a whole grain diet. Sadly, there are consuming sugary chaff. There is an illusion of sweetness and satiation, but little long term nutrition.

What’s the way back? Is there any? In a general sense no, for the prophecy must be fulfilled on a macro level. However the injunction to the individual; is what Peter said to the curious Jews in Acts of the Apostles. He said “Save yourselves from this untoward generation”. The path to salvation lies in the individual, not the collective.

This beaten path leads back to the Word, to the ancient landmark, away from the glitz and glamour of compromise. It will be a lonely path, trodden by a tiny group.

To those few, food will be abundant. They shall have the Bread that gives life even more abundantly. While on the other side there will be a famine of the wholesome grains, these few will feed and feast on the Word of Eternal Life.

Last Meal

When the widow of Zarephath
A single parent in Israel’s famine
Got to the bottom of her pot
And the flour and oil was not
When she faced death’s grimace
She resolved with her son to
Eat their last meal and starve
Deliverance did suddenly arrive
Not in a horse-drawn food cart
But a hungry man with authority
Elijah-who had the sheer audacity
To ask for a meal when there was
None-yet the woman with alacrity
Put God first knowing it was a test
Her reward was immediate
Elijah prophesied her flour and oil
Would outlast the grim famine
Replenishing while others were perishing
Even in sight of the Grim Reaper
She sowed and reaped for long after
A ‘God first’ policy is always the best

 

 

Elijah’s Vindication

Elijah stormed out of the wilderness one sunny day
When Israel had abandoned their God and lost their way
He was the prophet of the day but no one knew his credentials
He belonged to no pool of prophets or school of theology

What makes the study of Elijah so important?
Frequency it is-for God used the Spirit of Elijah five times
In the Scriptures, four already past and one to come in the future
Same Spirit produces same characteristics and nay-saying critics
Each time and so in every land or clime Elijah comes
He is identified by the elect and villified by an unbelieving hordes

Elijah was a rugged man of the wilderness outdoors
From thence he came with a resounding ‘Thus saith the Lord’
For a famine in Israel that would not abate until he gave the Word

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Naomi: Forerunner Of Ruth

There was once a woman of Bethlehem-Judah
Her name was Naomi and her life is a wonderful story
A life dissected with pain, but ends with a hallelujah

Naomi was married to Elimelech and blessed with two sons
The family grew and prospered until the weather faltered
Famine struck the fair land of Bethlehem-judah
The place of God’s bread became a place of scarce dread

Those were trying times, and drying ones too
For the rains ceased and the earth withheld her yield
Soon the barns were empty, farewell to the era of plenty
Pockets then ran dry, no more harvest sales and supply
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