Famine

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Famine

Throughout the Bible, there are multiple times when there was famine in the land. As I read my Bible, I notice many promises for God’s people regarding times of famine.

Psalm 37:19 – In the days of famine, the upright will have abundance.
Psalm 33:19 – For those who fear the Lord, He will keep them alive in famine.
Psalm 145:15-16 – God gives food in due season, opening His hand to satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Jesus was speaking about the end times in Matthew 24:7, when He mentions famines in various places. Most Christians today believe we are living in those end times. I have found it quite comforting to read and meditate on the verses that speak of how the Lord will care for us in those times of famine.

As I have studied Matthew 24, I also noticed that Jesus speaks of false Christs and false prophets four times more than He does on the famines, earthquakes, and wars. Obviously, He is stressing how prevalent false teachers will be in the end times. It reminded me of Amos 8:11 where it speaks of a famine for the Word of God.

I recently left a church that was embracing false teaching. When I spoke out against it, they made it abundantly clear that they view it as a “difference of opinion.” I had clearly researched it, backing up my claims with scripture to prove the errors. Previously, this church had been teaching sound, biblical truth. Yet, they embraced error, without apology. It just proved the reality of the words of my Savior in Matthew 24.

I was listening to John Haller on You Tube, speaking of how he was asked to leave his church when he began to speak out about false teachers. He shared some examples of how people were treated when they dared to speak up about these kinds of errors. One example really stood out to me because it was what happened to me – they “freeze” you out. They shun you, refusing to even acknowledge that you are there, or give you dirty looks, etc. I have to admit – I found it comforting to hear stories of others who have gone through similar experiences. It helps to know there are others out there who refuse to be led astray by the myriad of false teachers that are so popular today.

I realized I was now living out Amos 8:11, where there is a famine for the word of God. What was I to do?

I did what I had been doing diligently for the last five years. I clung to the word of God. When there is famine for His word, He can satisfy our thirsty souls, and fill our hungry souls with what is good. (Psalm 107:9) As I allowed the Lord to teach me, I found that my soul became ravenous for His commands because they nourished me. (Psalm 119:20) One of my deepest prayers has been to see something new in His word, and I would wait in expectation for what He wanted to show me. (Psalm 5:3) Just as a parent delights when their children have a desire to learn, I believe God rejoices in a request to learn more about Him and His word. There have been many times when He has shown me something that caused my jaw to drop, leaving me speechless and in awe of Him. (My family would tell you that it is rare to find me speechless!)

If you aren’t in the habit of diligently studying your Bible, I want to encourage you to start. God’s Word is described multiple times as more precious that silver, gold, or rubies. (Psalm 19:10, Psalm 119:72) When we seek the Lord with all of our heart, we will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) Romans 10:17 tells us faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The result will be that our faith will increase, and the Lord will reward us!

So go ahead – read your Bible! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
© 2019, Stacy R. Miller

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