11 “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.
12 People 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.
As the book of Amos draws to a close, God tells Amos to communicate His final judgement on the Israelites. Actually, the entire book is full of the judgement God is placing on His people for the sins they have committed. It's a bit of a downer. God's people ignore Him, walk away and God is angry and pronounces judgement. Now to be sure...I understand the Israelites and feel all to much like them most days. I get frustrated by my own lack of obedience and lack of recognition of who God is and what He deserves and what He wants to do in and through me. Many days, I feel stubborn and sadly walk in their footsteps as I go throughout my day.
But the thing that caught me this morning in Amos was the final judgement. You would think that would be the "BIG" one. Perhaps saving the most significant judgement for the end. Kind of like a parent telling a child "If you do that again, you will have a time out, but if you do it again after that...you will REALLY be sorry". And so what was his final judgement...it was that His people would no longer hear the words of the Lord.
Wow. That was the big one. No more word from me. He was turning His face from them and not going to speak to them. Then he spoke of the result. His people would be staggering far and wide looking and searching for His Word. Verse 13 speaks of people fainting without it. They simply couldn't function without it. It was the "big one" for them. His word was everything despite their sinful ways and their attitudes and actions that took them so far from God's will.
What about me? Do I rely on the Word of the Lord in that way? If that were taken away from me, could I function? Do I stagger to get through the day without hearing His word? Is it everything to me?
When my dad died...just over 15 years ago, that's what I missed the most. I missed His voice. I missed hearing what He had to say to me. I missed his advice and I missed his encouragement. I missed His direction and I really missed His wisdom. Even today as I type, I miss the fact that I can't tell him about Bethany being pregnant and hear what He has to say. I wouldn't bring him back here to earth even if I could, but if I could hear His words and communicate with him, I would do so in a heartbeat.
That's exactly the way God wants me to be with Him. He wants me to rely whole heartedly on His words. He wants me to cling to His words and for them to change me from the inside out. He wants me to survive because of His words and to gain my sufficiency from them. He wants to mold me and make me into a woman of purpose through His words. He wants His words to be everything to me. He wants me to need them to survive. Because He knows that if I am there, I am right in the center of His will for my life and that everything will then fall into place. He wants the best for me because He loves me purely. Proverbs 4:22 says that His words are life to me. Lord Jesus, please help me love your words more and more. Would you give me the love you want me to have for your Word, and may it make an eternal difference in the lives of those I love and those I need to love.