November 18, 2014 | by: 0 Comments|
On Sunday, should the Lord Jesus tarry, we will finally reach the chapter in which we read the words I consider the most frightful words in the book of Amos. So far in the book we have heard God's promises to devastate his people. He has promised to crush their homes, destroy their fortresses, wipe out their high places, and bankrupt their economy. All of that, in my mind, pales in comparison to the threat/promise that he makes in Amos 8:11-12.
"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."
How would you feel if you did not have a Bible to read? Would you be utterly devastated? What lengths would you go to find a copy of God's Word that you could read and understand? In God's kindness we do not have a famine of God's Word. He has generously provided us with our own copies of the Scriptures. He has graciously made sure that it would be translated into a language that we can read. We may starve ourselves by not reading his Word, but he has not oppressed us with a famine. We have God's Word, and I pray that we would never lose it, never tire of reading it, and never take it for granted. Let's read it, so that we may eat and be full.
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