“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. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” – Amos 8:11-12
Commenting on these verses T.J Betts writes:
“How many people in the Church today either forget or take too lightly the magnitude of God’s word upon their lives? There is no substitute for God’s Word. As the Creator, the Lord reveals that He exists and puts on display His divine attributes, but it is the written Word of God that tells us that the way to a restored relationship with the Creator is by faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the written Word of God that establishes Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Word of Life. It is the written Word of God that reveals God’s ways to His children and His will for them.
That being said, why do so many in the Church diminish the centrality of the Word of God? It happens when leaders fail to study God’s Word. It happens when so much time is given to other things, sometimes worthwhile things, in corporate worship that inadequate time is given to the reading of and proclamation of God’s Word. It happens when churches fail to properly disciple their people in God’s Word. It happens when believers neglect reading and meditating on God’s Word throughout the week.”
A really reminder that to lose the centrality of God’s Word is to starve ourselves of the very lifegiving ‘bread’ that we need.