37. Always run to the Word

When I studied the book of Amos, the prophet, there was one thing that stood out for me. But before I tell you, I would just quickly tell you who Amos was.

He was a shepherd from the town of Tekoa in Judah (the southern kingdom). But God had other plans for him. He gave Amos two visions depicting what was going to happen to the northern kingdom (Israel) if they didn't repent. He had to declare God's judgment upon them for deserting Him, for practicing idolatry and for oppressing the poor. He had to denounce the social and religious corruption that was taking place. A southerner had to go and tell the northerners that their time was up.

Now the interesting verse that I would like to share with you is the following:

Amos 8:11, 12 "The time is surely coming," says the Sovereign Lord, "when I will send a famine on the land - not a famine of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger everywhere from sea to sea, searching for the word of the Lord, running here and going there, but they will not find it."

Wow, there will be a famine of the words of the Lord. It did happen that way for Israel. Merely 35 years later Assyria destroyed the capital city, Samaria, and conquered Israel. The words of the Lord disappeared. He had warned them several times, but they would not listen. They had no appetite for the word of the Lord when the prophets brought it to them, so God took away even the opportunity to hear His Word.

I think I would rather die than be cut off from God's words. That for me, would be the worst thing that can happen to me, as I speak to Him every day.

But I think there are a whole lot of people today who search for life's problems everywhere except in God Word. God's Word is freely available (in Western Countries at least), but people ignore it. They don't run there to find their answers. They make fun of the Word of God.  But we have a duty to gently guide them back to the true answers in life. We should gently help them to find the way, because just maybe there will come a day when God will send a famine of His Words, and not provide the opportunity to hear His Words anymore.

We as Christians also need to be careful to search for answers in other places than God's Word. The horoscopes, the reading of the stars, running from one modern day prophet to another trying to find answers/predictions for the future etc. We have God's Word and we need to use it. It is more than adequate and will provide all the answers that we need.

Thank you God that Your Word has the answers to all our questions. Thank you that You gave it to us and for providing us with this life source. Please help us to understand it better and to apply it to our lives. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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