Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Famine for the Word of God

"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. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it. ”

Amos 8:11-12

What if we didn't have the word of God?

There would be:
no guidance
no comfort
no call to perseverance
no examples to follow or avoid
no prophecy
no way of knowing if we're pleasing God
no confirmation of who Jesus is
no reassurance
no knowledge of God

I shudder to think of it. We would truly be wandering aimlessly.

Yet I wonder, how many already wander aimlessly because they do not hear God's Word? Shouldn't that affect me? Shouldn't I make it my goal to speak it, to pass it on, to share it?

May I never be accused of being part of the famine. To that end, I leave you with this good news.

. . ."The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

Romans 10:8-11

Join this week's host, MiPa at Miriam Pauline's Monologue to see what others thought about this quote.

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MiPa said...

Great choice of verse! Thank you for being part of today's conversation and the poignant reminder that we should be careful not to become part of the famine. Bless you dear heart!

Denise Hughes said...

"May I never be accused of being part of the famine." Amen. I pray that I will always hunger and thirst for the Word of the Lord. Thank you for sharing that passage in Romans too. Just what I needed to hear today!

Missie said...

"Yet I wonder, how many already wander aimlessly because they do not hear God's Word? Shouldn't that affect me? "
Wow! This is so true and yet a lot of the time you can easily pass on by with your daily activities.
Thanks so much for this powerful message!

Debbie said...

I certainly don't want to be a part of the famine. We need to study it, read it and memorize it. Scripture is for our benefit. I pray that the freedom we experience today will not be taken for granted.

Great take on this quote Tami!


LittleWomen21 said...

After studying the verses myself, it is so neat to see what other people came up with in their study! It multiplies the blessing! In your case, see a list of what we would lose if we didn't have the Word, makes me all the more thankful for having the living Word to take me through each day.

Karen said...

Better late than never. I'm glad I came back to try and read everyone's reading. Yours was really good.