Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirsty for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” (Amos 8:11).
READ: Amos 8:11-14
“And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land” (Gen. 12:10). In Genesis 12:10-13, we are told that Abraham went through a famine. This tells us that famines are not new. In the Bible, there are several famines of varying scope affecting different generations. Lately, the world has been going through widespread famine. Famine can be defined as a prolonged shortage of food in a particular location. When there is famine, it affects both believers and unbelievers in different ways. There is need for us to have a balanced understanding of the term in order to know how to prepare and overcome it.
There are different types of famines. The most common is the shortage of food or means of livelihood – economy based. When factories are closing down and more people are sent home to join the teeming unemployed masses, there is economic famine. Also, there is another type of famine which is spiritual in nature: this is the lack of God’s word. Today’s reading talks about a time when people will hunger and thirst for God’s word but will not find it. Are you going through some form of famine? The Lord will make a way for you today in Jesus name.
“But he answered and said, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Whether economic, or spiritual, whenever there is famine, there is threat to life. If there is no food to eat for a prolonged period, physical life may become extinct. In the same way, if there is spiritual famine, spiritual life is at risk. If compared, however, spiritual famine is worse than physical famine. If you have no food to eat but you have access to what the spirit is saying to His church, you will receive direction on how to source for food. On the other hand, if you are physically comfortable but spiritually impoverished, you may soon loose what you have. Some people are not only facing an economic famine but also a spiritual famine. This is famine at its extreme. No matter your present famine situation. God can bring you out of it. Call on Him today. If you are not born again, accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior today.
If you have not personally heard from God for a long time, it is very likely you might be in some kind of spiritual famine. Address it today!
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