Welcome to our 31-day corporate fast. Below you will find a devotional post for each day in the month of January to guide us together in discerning the voice of God. Bookmark this page to check back daily, and use the social buttons to share posts to others.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But [a famine] of hearing the words of the Lord.”
In these challenging times in the midst of a pandemic and social unrest, it is so easy to focus on your material and physical needs. Without a doubt, many people are struggling financially, food insecurity has dramatically increased, and many have suffered from health challenges and have mourned the deaths of family members. Moreover, we have been attacked psychologically with images of black men and women dying at the hands of law enforcement. Although the severity of these issues and the impact they have on our lives cannot be overstated, there is another pandemic that threatens to plague the land.
Through the prophet Amos, the Lord warned of a scarcity, not of food and water, but of the Word of God. While it is understandable for us to focus on our immediate, tangible needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, we also very much need to hear the words of the Lord. As Jesus declared, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4 NIV). A famine of God’s word is as serious a condition for our spirits as a famine of physical food is for our bodies.
While we have no real control over a pandemic or famine in the land, we can set the conditions for our ability to hear from God. In 1 Samuel 3:19 (NIV), the Bible says, “The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground.” God will trust us with His word if we are careful to not let any of His words fall to the ground. That means that when God speaks, we need to listen and make adjustments in our lives in accordance with what God is speaking. One way to do this is to keep a journal and to write down everything we hear God speak into our lives. And then, take action to apply the truth of God’s word to our life.
God will speak to us when we treasure and obey His word. Today, let us ask God to forgive us for the times we have closed our ears to His yearnings and hardened our hearts to His instructions. Today is a good day for us to commit to honoring God’s Word and living our life in a way that honors God.
Published on Jan 22 @ 3:19 AM EDT