This could be the most important article I have ever written, if not it is very close. The Prophet Amos spoke of a famine that was coming on God’s people. Amos 8:11-12 states, “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. 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 shall not find it.”
There was a long period of time when the Prophets were silent and no Word from the Lord was heard.
I believe that the famine today is a lack of desire, hungering and thirsting after the Word. It is a chosen famine. The famine on the land is not because the Word is not available. We can access the Bible in our bookshelves, on our computers, radio, tv, even on our phones. It is not because there is a lack, it’s because we don’t eat what is available. Proverbs 26:15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
Many who are struggling with their faith or their faith is weak are not feeding their soul with the bread of life the very Word of God. Romans 10:17 states, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The Barna website, www.barna.org reports: The proportion of born again adults who read the Bible during a typical week, not including when they are at a church event, has decreased by nine percentage points since 1991. The weekly average now resides at 62 percent. Only one of the seven religious beliefs measured among born agains shifted significantly in the last two decades. That was the nine-point drop in the percentage of those who firmly believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches. In 1991, three-quarters of born again adults held that view, but it has declined to two-thirds of them today (65%).
You may hear that the Bible is “outdated.” “Those who hold to the Bible are out of touch with the times.” The Word of God is timeless, it is eternal and just as God does not change neither does His Word. Hebrews 13:8 states, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” Matthew 5:18, “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
What place does the Bible hold in your life? Do you believe it? Do you read it? Do you hunger for it? Do you desire to know more about it?
Do you allow it to adjust your thinking and life as it is revealed to you, or do you only believe what you want? Pick and choose what parts you like and don’t like. Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Is the Bible the standard by which you make every moral and ethical decision, or do you compromise it by adding worldly values and principles? Psalm 119:104-106, “Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed That I will keep Your righteous judgments.”
May the Bible, the Word of God, hold its rightful place in our lives, may we read it, believe it, hold to it, hear it, and choose to eat of the bread of life.
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.