Today’s reading: Amos 6-9.
“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” Charles Spurgeon
Nothing kindles a craving like a lack of the thing one desires. Whether it’s food, or sunshine, or affection, it doesn’t take long for pangs to grow when the hunger isn’t satisfied. Yet how easily we take something for granted, even ignoring it, when there is an abundant supply close at hand. Take the Bible, for instance. So many have been printed, so many homes have one, but so many of them go unopened. In ancient Israel and Judah, a multitude of prophets spoke God’s word loudly to the people, but their words were ignored and their mouths were sometimes shut forcibly. God decided it was time to take away his word so that the people would begin to hunger for it.
“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.” Amos 8:11-12
We should hunger for God’s word daily, and that would happen more often if we remembered how satisfying it is.
God’s word is life. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:3
God’s word is knowledge and understanding. “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
God’s word makes us grow. “…as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” I Peter 2:2
God’s word gives us faith. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
God’s word gives us joy. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” Jeremiah 15:16
The psalmist said to seek the LORD while he may be found. God’s word is freely available today, but that may not always be true. Don’t wait until you are starved for God’s word to begin to consume it. Start now and make it your daily food.
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