“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the LORD.
Alzheimer’s Disease may be prevented, said an article I read yesterday, if we all take more Vitamin D. Often diseases of the body correspond to a lack of some nutrient. The same goes for diseases of the spirit. As part of the consequences for people turning away from God in Amos, God sent a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. They were assigned to lack a spiritual nutrient, experiencing starvation at the core of their beings. It’s a dreadful curse, but, strangely, one that many believers today bring on themselves.
If you have neglected your soul so much that you have failed to hear the words of the Lord to the point of starvation, there is a simple solution. Read Scripture. Read it out loud. Have it read to you. Turn off everything else on your devises and put the rest of your flesh on hold. Just take a few seconds at first. Go to the Daily Bread (www.odb.org) and let the website read both a devotional and its Scripture verses to you. Just listen and receive. It takes 3-4 minutes. That’s it. Or you can go to the ESV website (www.esvbible.org) and have their program read Scripture to you from anywhere in the Bible. Another site that has many dozens of translations, many of which have an audio version, is Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com). Yes, of course, if you live nearby and don’t have a church you belong to, join us at Goodwill (www.goodwillchurch.org) in worship too, especially during this Advent and Christmas season, but start with the Word of God immediately. Get some in you right now. Let the next five or ten minutes be only about you hearing God’s Word and watch all the things that change inside of you. The Bible really is amazing. It is a Christmas gift you can open every day of the year.