“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” – Amos 8:11-12
It’s been widely reported that the message of the bible is banned in over 52 countries. As political correctness, socialism, and Islamic fascism continue to spread and wax worst this is only poised to increase. Could your faith survive a famine of the Word? If bibles were banned in your country and the water of the Word dried up would your faith dry up with it as you starved spiritually, cut off from your source of manna (daily bread)?
Most would probably say, “sure, I barely read my bible now and I’m fine“, and there in lies the problem. They are not, “fine“. Given all the sugar and fake food of no nutritional value they can eat (spiritually speaking), the modern world is starving with a full plate. There is already a famine in the land, a famine for the true edifying strength building Word of God. The sad part however, is that this is a famine of choice because the Word is available for any that choose to read it. This is not unlike someone who is starving their body, making it sick, and slowly killing it with sugary, counterfeit, valueless, nutrition-less, pleasant but destructive man made foods while the perfect food designed by God’s own hand to strengthen, nourish, and edify the body such as the fruits and vegetables, meat, and even milk sit idly on the shelf.
Right now people’s souls are being stricken with a famine of plenty by their own choice and lack of discipline. But I tell you that a true famine is coming and only those who have made themselves strong on the Word of God will spiritually survive when all is taken away. Those that ready their storehouses as Joseph did in Egypt in the years of plenty by opening their Bibles and filling themselves with the true undefiled Word of God, and take the time to learn to hear His voice themselves for fresh Manna Daily will have much stored up to get them and those around them through the years of famine.
Those who have found themselves in lands where the Word of God has been taken away have come to realize the truth that is coming to slap the rest of us in the face. When you are spoiled to the excess of plenty you only want the best, the sweetest, the most pleasant foods. Therefore, few discipline themselves to seek out the not-so-pleasant nourishing, strengthening, healing, life giving foods. Much like the modern christian seeking a sweet and pleasant word while refusing to swallow any bitter correction or those who pick and choose what they want to swallow from scripture and throw out the rest. But when famine comes all will learn the true depths of that old proverb, that to a starving man any bitter thing is sweet.
“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” – Proverbs 27:7
Now as you chew that verse over and really digest the spiritual implications of it, take a moment to watch this short video smuggled out of China of Chinese believers receiving their first Bibles.