Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Starving for the Word of God

In the book of Amos, the LORD GOD says:

The days are coming when I will send famine upon the land: Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the LORD.
Then shall they wander from sea to sea and rove from the north to the east In search of the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.
On that day, fair virgins and young men shall faint from thirst; Those who swear by the shameful idol of Samaria, "By the life of your god, O Dan!" "By the life of your love, O Beersheba!" those shall fall, never to rise again.


Kind of like the story of the ant and the grasshopper: if you spend your summer singing and sleeping rather than storing up food for the winter, your hunger during that time is proportional to your lack of preparation. That's why those who are always eating the Word of God are big and spiritually fat, despite their scrawny bodily frames and worldly diet of locusts and wild honey, and are able to endure even the harshest winter when the fields are seized with frost and trapped under heavy blankets of snow.

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