A Famine in the Land
Throughout the Bible, in the books of prophecy, a famine is mentioned frequently. Because the children of God had disobeyed His law, they were to experience death by ‘famine, pestilence, and sword.’
Anyone being aware today know that many who call themselves children of God also continue to disobey His commandments. They are of the mistaken impression that as long as one believes, they can live as they desire and all is good.
James tells us (2:19) that the devils believe and tremble. I can promise that the devils will not be in heaven. Only believing is not enough. However, that is not the topic of this post. I’ve addressed this numerous times before.
This morning I was reading in Psalms 33 and 34. Some verses caught my attention.
Ps 33: 18-21 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.”
Did you see that reference to keeping us alive in famine?
Ps 34: 6-7, 19, 22 “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.“
“The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”
Just FYI, desolate comes from the word, ‘asham.’ It means ‘to offend, be guilty, to be punished/perish.’
As I read this meaning, I thought of how Jesus said that the ‘house of Israel’ will be left desolate, due to their rejection of Christ as the Messiah. This gives us a deeper meaning of the word.
Psalms 91 provides us a promise of protection and provision. Each of these promises, just like all of God’s promises, come with a condition.
Isaiah 33: 14-16 further expands on the topic of protection and provision.
“The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? (God is a consuming fire. Who can stand in the presence of this consuming fire?) He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.”
So those who will be provided for and protected will be those who walks righteously (obedience to God’s law), speaks righteously (controls tongue), and avoids participating in evil.
There is another famine mentioned in God’s word. Amos 8:11 speaks of a spiritual famine. The inability to find people speaking God’s truth.
There will be plenty who speak the counterfeit. There will be few who speak God’s truth.
There will come a time when those who speak God’s truth will not be found but in the secret places. Those who are walking after the counterfeit will be seeking to destroy those who walk in obedience.
There are many who will turn away from God’s truth due to the economic hardships.
There are many who will turn away from God’s truth due to inability to exist without regular prescription medications.
There are many who will turn away from God’s truth due to fear….fear of hunger, fear of loss of employment, fear of loss of freedom.
Jesus said, in Matt 10:33-35, that those who deny Him in front of others, He will deny in front of His Father. This is followed by verses warning of how family will turn against family due to spiritual truth. As I’ve personally have experienced this, I can assure you it will only get worse.
Unfortunately, many believe that the only way to be safe is by following the narrative; following the ‘broad way.’ Jesus warns us that this broad way is the path to destruction. The path to salvation is narrow. Few will find it.
If we choose to follow the crowd, we will be lost.
There is a famine coming. A physical famine created by man. A spiritual famine, again, created by man.
Joseph prepared the people for the famine coming.
The five wise virgins were prepared for the lengthy delay.
Even Noah prepared for the time spent in the ark.
I pray each reader will seek God’s truth and begin to prepare for the upcoming famines coming in the land.
Something to think about.