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.