154: Starving

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I’ve never gone hungry. There’s always been food around. The book of Amos in our Bible was written by that prophet in the eighth century before Jesus. The nation’s economy was strong at the time, but the people were exploiting each other, taking advantage of the poor, and though they were religious, they were spiritually corrupt. Bribery and drunkenness were the norm.

God sent the prophet to confront them and warn them that if they didn’t change, God would take action against them. One of those actions would be to send a famine, and not just any famine. Amos 8:11 says, “‘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.’” In other words, there would be silence from heaven. God would withdraw His protection and provision for the nation.

Our nation seems fixated on taking good care of our bodies by exercising regularly and eating well, but we don’t seem to give adequate attention to our souls. We may look beautiful on the outside and have six-pack-abs and big biceps, but all the while, our souls can be shriveling from starvation. It’s not wrong to have a strong body, but if that’s all we have, it’s not enough. Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from God’s mouth.” We need to hear from God daily. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” We need to hear from Jesus each day to nourish our souls.

People in some countries desperately want a Bible so they can hear the words of the Lord. On the other hand, Bibles are abundant in America. It’s not a question of owning a Bible, but of letting it own us. What I mean is, letting it have the last word when we want our own way.

Some say the Bible is outdated, written for a people who weren’t as sophisticated as our scientific culture, and who didn’t know as much as we do. The Bible may have been written long ago, but because it’s the Word of God, its message is timeless, and very current. The hearts of people haven’t changed over the years. I hope this encourages you to read your Bible today, to memorize a verse, or to make some notes. A couple of helpful apps for your phone, ipad, or computer are https://www.youversion.com/ for Bible Reading and  http://luk2342.appspot.com/ for Scripture Memory.

Marlon Furtado

I regularly went to church as a boy, but I was not exposed to the Gospel until I was nearly twenty years old. Hearing that God loved me in spite of my behavior was new to me. In response, I received Jesus Christ and became one of His followers on September 12, 1971. I practiced chiropractic for eight years before becoming a pastor from 1986 to 2018.