Famine of the Word
Do we understand what is meant by a famine of the word
? How is it possible for us to grow in grace and knowledge while there is yet time? How
can we be holding fast to that which we were taught? The understanding of the word of God is
of the utmost importance. Most people have never even read the Bible - let alone understand it.
We cannot make the mistake of saying, "I've heard it all. I've read it all. I can coast from
here". In addition to "holding fast," we need to make every effort to continue to
grow. "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
We are in the time period shortly before the great tribulation.
The Gospel message is not going out in great force as it once did.
Compared to those days, there exists a famine of the word - but within the
Church of God, there need not be a famine of the word. "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)
God is working with the people in His scattered Church by presenting
them with choices. How will we live our lives? What doctrines will
we adhere to? What standard of conduct will we accept among our
leaders? So when the days seem darkest, let's realize that this is
indeed the time to let our light shine on what is truly
important - holding onto the Truth, loving God and loving our neighbor.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."
(Matthew 5:14) "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
In the perilous times we are in, it is also our responsibility, not only to
retain, but also to preserve the precious Truth that has so graciously been
given to us. The doctrines of Jesus Christ have been restored to us.
Let us not ever take for granted that this Truth will always be readily
available. We must follow Christ's example where He said, "I must work
the works of Him [Father] that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when
no man can work." (John 9:4)
Because of religious confusion, this world cannot understand the
Bible. Mankind is confused in so many areas, such as: Who is Israel of the
Scriptures? What is the importance of God's Holy Days? And, is mankind
being judged now? The Bible contains the answers to these questions and
many more - but how can the Bible's wisdom be unlocked? The Word of God
has been preserved down through the centuries - for a great purpose!
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not
return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
We are privileged to have the word of God opened to us in a
great and wonderful way. The prophets of old did not have all that we
have, though they searched diligently to see what we are able to see.
"Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to
see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things
which ye hear, and have not heard them." (Matthew 13:16-17) (1Peter 1:10)
Why does God call us the "Children of Light?" From a spiritual point
of view, these are difficult days for all of us. We might even say these
are “dark days” for the Church, especially when we compare them to how the
Church was during its "brighter" days. But, let us never forget that
we of Christ's spiritual community are never in darkness, as the world is in
darkness. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil." (John 3:19)
The situation for a new person who comes into contact with God’s
Truth today is difficult. When someone tries to learn more of God’s
Truth today they encounter a veritable jungle of twisted doctrines and
teachings. "False Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall
show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the
elect." (Mark 13:22) How can a new person avoid a famine of the
word? Depending on which group a new person comes into contact with, he or
she would have a pretty good chance of being taught doctrine that is
quite different from that of the Scriptures.
How does a new convert today wade through all the different doctrinal
stances and decide which one is the Truth? How can a new convert tell who
in the ministry has a valid message and lifestyle? How could they discern
the differences in doctrine in one group from that of the other groups?
How would they know whom to believe? For that matter, how can the longtime
brethren be assured that their ministers aren't compromising with God's
At the end-time harvest, there is another prophesied separation that
is conducted by the angels at the direction of Jesus Christ to see who has let
his light shine. Those who have remained steadfast are the Children of the
Kingdom. Notice the separation:
"The field is the world; the good seed are the
children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the
wicked one; ... Let both grow together until the
harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the
reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn
them: but gather the wheat into my barn... Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears
to hear, let him hear." ((Matthew 13:38-43)
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