Food as we all know is one of the basic necessities of man. Famine means an extreme scarcity of food, which is caused by a natural calamity or man made disaster. People shift out of lands struck by famine to settle in more fertile and economically rich places for their livelihood. Jesus Christ also teaches us about spiritual famine through a parable in Luke 8:5&11 which refers to the seeds that fell in the way side. The verse explains that the seed represents God’s Word. The seeds that fell by the wayside represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts lest they should believe and be saved. We are blessed to hear the Word of God and read the Bible whenever we want to. But if we cannot recollect the scripture we read that day or heard in church the previous Sunday or the week before we have allowed satan to steal God’s word from us. It’s more evident when we face adverse situations in life and we realize we can neither pray nor have God’s Word on our lips to overcome that situation. Lack of His Word in us can be likened to the situation when lights suddenly go off and we are left searching for a torch in the dark. We know it’s in the house but we can’t find it easily due to the darkness. The moment one is starved for God’s Word is when a spiritual famine has affected his/her life. The devil seeks our downfall and would be very happy to see our helpless state. God’s Word is our daily bread and is living and active, which means its His very presence with us. The only solution to prevent the devil from stealing God’s word from our heart is to meditate on the Word day and night – read and digest the word of God so it becomes operational in our lives (Heb 4:12 & Is55:7).
Prophet Amos proclaims our Lord God’s prophecy in chapter 8:11 of the Bible that a famine of hearing the words of the Lord is coming. Therefore, let us hold fast to the word of life, nourish ourselves with it and remain in fellowship with Him in order to shield ourselves from the crafty acts of satan. For every need and situation of our lives there is a verse in the Bible and His word brings gladness and joy to our hearts (Jer 15:16).
We live in an era where we have no hindrance to hear and follow God’s Word. Yet, there are people around us who can’t have access to hear or read the Bible and are hungry for a piece of this Living Bread (Matt 4:4). May we never be struck by the famine of God’s word and instead always endeavor to read and experience His word within us as God declares in Deut 32:2 “Let My teaching fall like rain and My words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” With His teaching and words always in our hearts like streams of living water may we also persuade those who do not know our loving God to believe in His word and be saved.
Sr. Beena Kurian