Amos said, “The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I will send a famine through the land … a famine of hearing the words of the Lord, (8:11). The prophet described an unusual famine, not one of food, water, or sword, but one of the Word of the Lord. If you read the next verse you learn the result of this famine is a great restlessness in people living in the land.
What is the condition of a place in such a famine? A place without the Word of God is a place when no message from the unseen is recognized as truth. A place where God does not speak to the depths of a person’s life. A place where the people have hardened their hearts, and whose minds are unconscious of God’s presence. It is a place where God’s word still lingers, and is still powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword, yet it fails to affect. Think for a moment, is that what describes our world today? Are people today not hearing God? Is there not a great restlessness about us? Yes!
We today are in a famine similar to the one described by Amos. God is still speaking, but many are no longer listening, and there is a great uneasiness about us. As ones who were once living in that famine, it is time to take the Word of God to those around us who are starved, and end the famine.