“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,
but they shall not find it. Amos 8:11-12
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 ESV
From April to June in 1974, there was very heavy rainfall in the country of Bangladesh, and it caused floods along the Brahmaputra River. About 40% of the country was under water during these floods, which destroyed many rice crops. The price of rice had already been rising, and many people couldn’t work to earn the money to buy food because the rice fields they worked in had been destroyed. The government of Bangladesh didn’t have enough money to bring food in from other countries, and they had disagreements with the United States which delayed the aid from the U. S. until it was much too late. Rich people hoarded food, and many poor people starved. One and half million people died in the famine, one of the worst famines in the history of the world.
Famine is a terrible thing, and it can have many different causes such as droughts, floods, and political problems. The prophet Amos warned the people of Israel that God was going to send them a famine, but it wouldn’t be a famine of food. It would be a famine of the words of the Lord. The people of Israel had prophets that God sent to them to tell them his words, but there would come a time when God would no longer send them prophets. They might go from one end of the land to the other, but there wouldn’t find a prophet to speak God’s words to them. This was the Lord’s judgment on them for not listening to the prophets he was sending to warn them to turn away from their sins and to turn back to God.
God sent his people many prophets, but in the end he sent Jesus, his own Son. Jesus taught us God’s ways, and he also was God’s true Way back to our Heavenly Father. He died for us so that we could be God’s people, now and always. We have God’s word, the Bible, to teach us God’s law and also about the love he has for us in Jesus. God’s word to us is such a wonderful gift that Christians want to share it with others, people close to us and also people far away, who don’t know yet about the love God has for them in Jesus. Christians are concerned and want to help people in the world who are starving for food, and the also want to share God’s word. That’s the most important famine relief there is.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your word, the Bible, and for your Son, Jesus, who brought us back to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.