Spiritual Famine




Remember a time when God spoke to you

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. (Amos 8:11).

In our fast-paced and information-driven world, it is easy for our hearts and minds to be preoccupied with the cares of this life, and, as a result, neglect the nourishment and guidance that come from hearing and meditating on the words of the Lord. Just as a physical famine deprives us of sustenance, a spiritual famine can leave our souls empty and vulnerable. The Bible is filled with passages that emphasize the importance of God's Word. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus Himself said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." The Word of God is our spiritual sustenance, providing wisdom, guidance, comfort, and strength for our journey.

To avoid this spiritual famine, we must intentionally seek after the words of the Lord. Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against You." As we store God's Word in our hearts, we equip ourselves to resist temptation and walk in righteousness. Furthermore, Isaiah 55:10–11 assures us that God's Word never returns empty: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven... so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." God's Word is powerful and transformative. It has the ability to bring forth change and the fulfillment of His purposes in our lives.

Let us remember the words of Jesus in John 6:35, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." In Him, we find the ultimate satisfaction and fulfillment that no famine can ever diminish.

It is possible, God's silence may not be felt at first. You too can remember a time when God spoke to you, and then, after some time, you realized that you had not heard His voice for a long time. God is indeed God, when He speaks, He expects a listening ear and an active will to follow. God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7). When we do not pay attention to His words, He may stop speaking to us until we do the same and walk obediently with Him. Azariah, the prophet, assured King Asa, God is with you as long as you are with Him, and if you seek Him, you will find Him, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you (2 Chronicles 15:2)

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