Words from the Heart for Monday September 30th, 2019
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, 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.
Amos 8:11 (KJV)
When the Great Irish Potato Famine raged between 1845 and 1852, huge waves of Famine refugees flooded Saint John, New Brunswick. It is estimated that between 1845 and 1847, some 30,000 arrived, more people than were living in the city at the time. In 1847, dubbed “Black 47”, one of the worst years of the Famine, some 16,000 immigrants, most of them from Ireland, arrived at Partridge Island, the immigration and quarantine station at the mouth of Saint John Harbour.
A couple of years ago, Canadian Bible Agencies, including Bible League Canada, published a study on Bible Engagement in Canada. The results were shocking. While 67% of Canadians say they are Christians, only 11% read the Bible at least once a month. Over and over again, the Hebrew Scriptures tell the story of what happens when God’s people don’t study His word. Their hearts turn away from the Living God and society in general suffers. God never forces His people to read His word, and in fact Amos 8:11 tells us that sometimes God uses a lack of knowledge of His word to get our attention. It says, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, 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.” There is a price to pay, in our personal lives and in society, when God’s people fail to be people of God’s Word. But what history has taught us is that after we pay the price, and it can be a high price, we long for truth again. Don’t let God send a famine of the reading of His word to our lives and society. Get reading today.
These have been words from the heart.