Text: Amos 7-9; Ecclesiastes 8
The prophet Amos has sharp words for Israel. God’s wrath is coming on account of the sin of the nation and the individual people. In 8:11, the prophet describes an unusual famine:
“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.
The words here are most curious – it is “a famine of hearing,” not a famine of supply. The Word of God stands forever. This is a picture of people unable or unwilling to hear the Word. Truth cannot be received or comprehended. What an awful scene, and yet it is easy to imagine as we look at our world today and how the Word is regarded by many. It is true that many cannot seem to hear it – as if their ears filter it out so it cannot gain entrance to their minds nor their hearts.
Jesus uses an expression when He teaches; “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” As we read, study, memorize, meditate upon and listen to the Word preached, let us be reminded that we are blessed and privileged to have “ears to hear.” We only hear because of His grace. We only hear because of His Spirit. We only hear because of His love. May we cherish the Word as we receive it.
in Him, Mike