Q&A: Famine of the Word of God - Amos 8:11

Famine of the Word of God - Amos 8:11

Question

Can there really be a famine of the word of God - Amos 8:11?

Answer

Amos 8:11 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.
This is a curse from the covenant (Deut. 4:28-29; Hos. 3:4; cf. Ezek. 7:26; Mic. 3:7). We see this throughout redemptive history. When sin abounded in the days of the judges (Judg. 21:25), the word of the Lord was rare (1 Sam. 3:1; cf. Luke 17:22).

How many people today really desire to hear the word of the Lord? How many really heed it?

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).