“The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11 NLT
As I was interceding on Wednesday night a few years back, the Lord dropped this verse in my spirit. I believe we are indeed in a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. People run to everything and everyone for an answer, but the last place they go is to the Word.
I believe that the load on our pastors would be lighter if people would look to the Word and spend time in the presence of the Lord rather then run to the church office to get an answer. We are such a microwave society. We want it NOW. Waiting on the Lord just takes too long.
When was the last time you stepped away from the noise of life, took your bible, notebook and pen and actually spent time with God? I can’t even tell you half of what it will do for you if you would just do this simple thing. I started with 15 minutes each morning, now I’m finding an hour isn’t enough. Sometimes I tell myself I should set my alarm a 1/2 hour earlier because that time with the Lord makes all the difference in my day, my week, my month, my year.
“Oh Sandy, I’m not a morning person. I just couldn’t do that!” Really? What if you were to do a 911 prayer to the Lord just to hear him say, “This really isn’t a good time for me! Come back later when I’m not so busy!” If we don’t prioritize our time with God and make Him first, not last, we should not be surprised when we have to wait to get our answer.
Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” Don’t miss your appointed time with the Lord. Seek Him now! Give him the first fruits of your day and watch the return on your investment come back with so much interest you’ll be blown away.