It is encouraging to see how relevant the Word of God is in our times. Many people think the Bible is just a book. It is outdated and no longer relevant for the 21st century. So why read it?
Yet the writings of one of the Old Testament prophets, Amos, show how relevant the Bible is still today.
Amos, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote around 750BC, ’The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water – but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.’ 1
# What does a famine of the Word mean?
To understand it, let us look at what happens in our time:
- Evolution. It basically means that nothing in this world was created, because it all evolved. If that is true, the Bible is no longer relevant, since the first book, Genesis, tells us God is the Creator. If Genesis 1 is not true, why would the rest be true? So discard the Bible and create a famine of the Word.
- Anti-God organisations. There are many organisations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation. What does Dan Barker and his people want? They claim to separate state and religion. Yet underneath all these organisations are a desire to expel the Bible from society to create a famine of the Word.
- Liberal theologians. Many liberal theologians like Bart Ehrman specialise in pointing out flaws in Scripture. If the Word of God is so unreliable, who would want to take to heart what is written in it? Another famine of the Word.
- Liberal media. What about the liberal media that is so hard at work to teach people to despise the Word of God? Famine of the Word, that is what is at stake.
# The design behind the creation of a famine of the Word
The devil, God’s enemy, is always planning ways to devour people and to trap them. 2 He can easily trap people if they know nothing about him or his desire to lead people to hell. He feeds on the ignorance created by a famine of the Word.
2,700 Years after Amos penned down the words of God, we see a famine of the Word in much of the world around us. God’s Word proves itself relevant and true. The world, by creating a famine of the Word, teaches one thing: we can trust Scripture.
- Amos 8:11-12
- Peter 5:8 and 2 Timothy 2:26