“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a
famine on the land- not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of
hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from
north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but
they shall not find it. —Amos 8:11-12
The United Nations has said it estimates 3.7 million people are in acute
need of food in South Sudan as a result of the civil conflict there–
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26004268. So many times famines come
in times of violent conflict which is happening in the Sudan.
The passage above speaks about a famine as well, but it is not a famine
from lack of food or water, it is a famine from the lack of the Word of
God— a spiritual famine. How fortunate we are here in America— a
country that was founded on the Word of God. This can be seen by quotes
from the “founding fathers” and in the Constitution and Declaration of
Independence. Every state constitution directly mentions God in them or
alludes to Him. It is only by ignorance, denial or deception that these
truths are being lost in our culture today. As mentioned before, look at
quotations from founders:
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the
religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people
than you are.”— George Washington— First President of the U.S.
“Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in
polite company: I mean hell.” —John Adams— Second President of the U.S.
“The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He
[God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that
they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in
the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be
found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.” —Thomas
Jefferson— Third President of the U.S.
“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest, while we are building ideal
monuments of renown and bliss here, we neglect to have our names enrolled in
the Annals of Heaven.”— James Madison— Fourth President of the U.S.
“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly
linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid
the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of
Christianity.” —John Quincy Adams— Sixth President of the U.S.
(quotes from the founders–
Famines which include lack of water and food occur so many times because of
military conflict. There is a spiritual conflict of great proportion
occurring in our culture today. God’s Word needs to be proclaimed boldly
now. There may come a time in the not so distant future where there will be
a famine of His Word. Proclaim now!
Dear Father, please put it on the hearts of Your people to be sharing Your
Word while we have the freedom to do so. May we be obedient in proclaiming
the Good News.