Hungry for God’s Word

Scripture Reading — Amos 8:9-13

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. — Amos 8:11

As a young woman, Alidia lived through mass hunger in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in World War II. She recalls how her husband would travel to nearby farms trying to exchange their household possessions for food. She personally saw people, emaciated by hunger, faint and fall in the city streets. But the Lord saved Alidia, her husband, and their baby in the midst of that terrible trial. Today she lives in Canada and regularly corresponds with us.

The Old Testament prophet Amos prophesied about a time of hunger for hearing the words of the Lord. He described people searching desperately for direction but unable to find it. Some people would even faint as a result.

We all hope that we will not have to experience such physical hunger that would make us fear for survival. But do you hunger for the Word of the Lord? I hope you do.

It’s a special blessing when we are prompted by the Holy Spirit to seek God’s Word and his will for our lives. Thankfully, we have easy access to the Bible, the written Word of the Lord. So when we are hungry for him, we need to prayerfully turn to his Word to satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Are you reading and listening to what God has to say to you?

Prayer

Father, only your Word can feed the deepest hunger of our souls. It’s such a blessing today to have easy access to the Bible! Give us wisdom and humility as we listen to you. In Jesus, Amen.