Run To and Fro
God is speaking, once again, to Amos through the vision of the fruit. So far, Amos’ intervention has prevented God from administering the punishment Israel deserved. However, Israel remains, like the basket of fruit in Amos 8:1, ripe for judgment.
Verses 9 and 10 describe the pain Israel will sow after reaping ungodly attitudes and actions. But what stands out to me in this section of Scripture is the shortage that will accompany Israel’s mourning:
“The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12 NRSV).
With Christian bookstores still in existence, churches on every corner, and all the spiritual resources on the Internet, it’s hard to imagine God’s Word not being readily available. I’m always running into the statistic that the Bible is the number one selling book of all time. Who knows, maybe there will not be a physical shortage of biblical material, but rather of spiritual inspiration for understanding. I don’t know, but either way, I cannot imagine a famine of God Word.
Talk of such a shortage makes me wonder what we, as Christians, have to pass down as far as knowledge. What kind of spiritual legacy do we share with others? I can only share my own experiences. In my little circle of life, I’ve seen Christians who possess little interest in the deeper things of God. I’ve seen other with a voracious appetite to grow. I’ve been around non-Christians with favorable views of Jesus, but not so much of Christians.
In Amos’ day, it seems that very few emulated God, and Amos warned of the judgment they were sowing. And part of that judgment included a famine of God’s Word.
Are we headed in that direction? A time is coming when God’s message will not be as readily available as it is today. People will run to and fro, but will not find it. That is an unmistakable signal for us to take full advantage of Christian resources while we have them. There will come a time when the main influence in a lost world is the contents of our hearts and minds.
Let’s devour God’s Word and hide it in our hearts and minds. Encouraging and equipping others multiplies godly lives. There is powerful living in God’s Word.
Word for Today: People will run to and fro, let them find God’s knowledge and wisdom in you.