“'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord GOD, 'That 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.'” Amos 8:11, NKJV
Do you remember the days of Joseph – from the Old Testament? In a dream, the Lord told him about 7 years of plenty and then 7 years of famine that were to come. The Lord also gave him a strategy for saving the bumper crops of grain in storehouses during the years of plenty – so that he'd be in a position of influence to help others during the years of famine. It all happened just as the Lord had said. Joseph invested wisely and when the famine hit – everyone ran to Joseph for food!
In the same way, God tells us that one day there will be a famine for His Word. It won't be a famine of bread or water… but a famine where people are starved for God's Word. People will crave hearing the Word of the Lord. Those who have been wise during the years of "plenty" will invest the Word of God into their hearts and they'll be in a position of influence to help others during a time of "famine."
Over the past many decades, we've been in years of plenty where the Word is concerned. We've had the Word of God available to us on many fronts – Bibles in every color, TV preachers, CD and DVD teaching series, the Internet, conferences and numerous opportunities to load up on God's Word. The wise are taking advantage of these amazing opportunities to listen, study and learn the Word – allowing the Word to dwell in them richly! The wise are investing heavily in putting the Word of God into their hearts. They are diligent in seeking the Lord, listening to the messages they hear in church, digging into the Bible and praying for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of the Lord. Their hearts are storehouses.
We are facing interesting times… and a famine of the Word may be on the horizon. Anti-Christ influencers are working to take the Word off air waves; liberal groups are suing Bible-printers for passages that make them uncomfortable; and even some emerging churches have taken God's Word entirely out of their services in an effort to "connect" with their audience. Slowly, methodically the culture is working to eliminate the Word. The worst part is that God's Word is living and active and the very thing by which we live!
So, what should you do? Load your heart with the Word. Be more intentional than ever. Let the Word dwell in you richly. Listen. Study. Meditate. Fill your heart with the knowledge of God's Word and perhaps one day, like Joseph, you will be in a divine position of influence to help others in a time of famine!
Say This: "Father, I esteem Your Word. It is living and active and has the power to save, heal, strengthen, help, restore, deliver, encourage and fill me with great joy. Help me to load my heart with Your Word. Give me wisdom to take advantage of the "plenty" so that in a time of "famine" I am able to help others. In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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