Amos 8:11 – Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, 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:
We are surely in the days that this scripture spoke of. Really, this scripture has been misquoted for years. It doesn’t say that there is going to be a famine of preaching. We are blessed in this hour to have many great preachers and teachers. Pulpits are faithfully filled throughout our world with preachers that deliver fresh thoughts from God’s eternal word.
Amos does say that there would be a famine of hearing the words that are spoken. Interestingly enough, that word hearing in the Hebrew, means obedience. Therefore, the prophesied famine isn’t that people won’t listen; rather, they won’t obey.
When the word is preached there are plenty of head-nods and hand-waves, but failure occurs a few hours later when it’s time to link the word we heard to our life.
Information doesn’t equal transformation.
Most Christians are educated far beyond their level of obedience. We don’t need a fresh word today if we haven’t obeyed the word we heard yesterday.
What bible principle have you applied to your life lately? Is there anything that you should be doing differently this week, because of what was taught last week?