“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:”
America has been a very blessed nation. In my lifetime, there has been no shortage of preachers preaching God’s Word. In our present time, it is not hard to listen to a sermon on the internet. We have God’s Word around us so much that we often take for granted the privilege we have in hearing it and reading it.
In the verse above, God says that the days will come when there will be a famine “of hearing the words of the LORD.” The fact that God says that one day you won’t have the privilege to hear His Word preached should cause every believer to sit up and listen to the preaching of His Word. Several thoughts come to my mind about God’s silence that I would like to share with you.
First, don’t take the availability of God’s Word for granted. You most likely have a copy of the Scriptures in your house. My friend, instead of letting God’s Word sit on a shelf, you ought to read it. Please understand that there were times when people only had a very small portion of God’s Word in their possession, and you are privileged to have all of God’s Word in your possession. The fact that you have God’s Word in your possession should cause you to read it. However, you should also never take for granted the opportunity to hear God’s Word. The fact that you have a church to attend to hear God’s Word means that you should go while you have that opportunity to hear it. Don’t take for granted the freedoms your generation has to hear God’s Word preached publicly.
Second, God’s Word will always be available. God didn’t say that there would be a famine of His Word, but a famine of “hearing the words of the LORD.” God has promised that you will always have His Word, but you won’t always have the privilege to hear it preached. Therefore, you should listen when the preacher is preaching God’s Word. Instead of talking and letting your mind wander during the preaching time, you ought to get control of your mind and listen because of the privilege you have of hearing the words of the LORD being preached.
Third, search your heart and ask God to show you the reason the famine has come. When God becomes silent, your prayers to seek God’s presence, favor, and intervention should become more fervent. The famine should be a wake-up call to cause the believer to seek God’s face. Something has caused God not to allow you to hear His Words, and you must seek His face to make sure that sin is not causing God not to speak to you.
Fourth, stay in God’s Word and continue to pray until you hear from Him. God’s silence should drive you to read His Word and pray more. You are certain not to hear Him if you don’t access the portals that He has given for the believer to hear His words. Daniel didn’t stop praying when God was silent in his life, but he continued to pray until God’s word came through. My friend, the silence of God should cause you to continue to pray and continue to seek His words in His Word until He begins to speak to you again.
Are you experiencing a famine of God’s Word in your life? Does God seem to be silent? Let me encourage you to search your heart for any sin that may silence God and continue to pray and seek His face until He speaks again.