CAC Living Water Daily Devotional | Saturday, October 16, 2021 | Spiritual Famine
Topic: Spiritual Famine
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 [World Food Day]
Read: Amos 8:8-11
Amos 8:8-11 Shall not the land tremble for this, and everyone mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
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:
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” (Amos 8:11)
Sometimes God sends natural disasters, like locusts, famine, earthquake, pestilence, tornado, etc., to punish His people for their sins. The solution to these is found in the Word of God. It is worse if God would allow the scarcity of His Word to deal with His people; not the scarcity of bread and water (cf. Exod 17:2ff; Ruth 1:1,2). Most people are afraid of physical death than they are of spiritual death, and so deliberately ignore the Word, caring not what becomes of their ungodly and lackadaisical attitudes towards the Word.
Those who ignore God’s Word, now, whether as an instruction, plea, warning, or discipline will later look for, and find it not. When they freely had access to the Word, what did they do with it? No wonder Solomon, who was a victim of toying with God’s Word, returned to admonish us to buy the truth and sell it not (Prov. 23:23). When a man continues to disdain God’s Word with impunity, He can deliberately hide His Word that should have saved him/her in the first place. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened because God was ready to destroy him after he had played games with God and lost (Exod. 4:21; 7:13). On this day, which is World Food Day, it must dawn on us that scarcity of the Word of God kills more than scarcity of food and water.
Is it not time that you returned from idolatry and all sins that pitch you against your Creator? A time would come, if you refuse to repent, when it would be too late, God forbid. Eat the Word freely, now. Buy it; sell it not.
1. Lord, please never deny me of natural and spiritual food, for I can’t do without any of them.
2. Lord, make Your Church more hungry again for Your Word of life.
3. Father Lord, save churches who are being spiritually malnourished from the risks of spiritual ‘kwashiorkor.’
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isaiah 33:15 – 37:4; Colossians 1:16 – 2:8
Author: Christ Apostolic Church [Worldwide]