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Ending The Famine

"'Behold, the days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'When I will send a famine on the land. Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord'" (Amos 8:11).

The prophet Amos was sent to the children of Israel to tell them about an impending famine. As the verse describes, it was not to be the standard type of famine caused by bad weather and a lack of food and water. This famine was about hearing the words of the Lord.... The Book of Amos lets us know the reasons for the great famine for the word of the Lord, and it would be good for us to look at it lest we fall into the same trap. The people were living in materialistic luxury, and they became prideful because of it, forgetting the source of all that is good. "Woe to those who are at ease in Zion.... Do you put off the day of calamity.... those who recline on the beds of ivory and sprawl on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock..." (6:1, 3, 4). God had repeatedly warned them that these things might cause them to forget Him, but their ears were dulled to their plenty. As we fast-forward some 800 years to Jesus' day, the same battles were being fought. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus said: "The seeds which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way, they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and they bring no fruit to maturity" (Lk.8:14). Jesus warns us that riches could choke those who received the Word of God... In today's world, especially in the Christmas season, people tend to get so absorbed with stuff, that they forget or lose the meaning. In the days of Amos, the warning of the impending famine meant that the people would once again, be taken into captivity by another nation. When we are held captive by things of the world, our captivity is a more difficult one to extricate ourselves from. It is a self-imposed prison, built ourselves because God's words have been put on the back burner and forgotten about. As the new year approaches, it would be good for us to rekindle the fire for the Word, so that we do not run the risk of being held captive by the world. More about the famine tomorrow...

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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