Amos 8: 11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.
V.11 describes a famine “of hearing the words of the Lord”. God the Father had sent multiple prophets to compel Israel to repent of her sin and turn back toward the Lord, but they were largely ignored. And so God would withdraw his word altogether and leave the people to “run to and fro”. In other words they would be lost, deprived of guidance from God. They wouldn’t last long.
It’s easy for us to forget how fortunate we are to have the gift of scripture, the written word of God. There is so much wisdom and guidance for life in the pages of the bible, which is a key reason why this blog exists. It provides a vehicle for us to journey through scripture together, listening for God’s leading through uncertain times. I can’t imagine navigating Covid time without God’s word.
Yet there are times when I hear God’s word but choose not to follow it. Despite having been claimed as child of God through Jesus Christ, I have a stubborn streak. I want to do things my way, which usually leads me into a ditch. This tendency to rebellion is what we call “sin”. This morning I’m praying about the places in my life where I may be ignoring God’s word and placing myself in jeopardy. Lord give me grace to turn back to you. Help me to choose life and not death. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.