In the last post I dealt with Famine in the Land laying the burden upon preachers (you can read it here). This was intentional. When we read Scripture this is often where God places the burden. That being said, in our modern world, where we have access to Scripture, and high literacy rates, there is no excuse for individuals to go without a Word from the Lord.
Below are practical steps to ensure there is never a lack of God’s Word.
Five Practical Steps to Avoid the Famine
- Read the Scriptures: The word of God was meant to be read. God did not inspire and preserve His Word for us to add decoration to our houses and cars. By read, I do not mean a quick obligatory reading to make sure we get through the Bible in a certain time frame. Instead, we should read to understand. This requires slow careful reading, paying attention to context and flow of thought. Famine is not alleviated by cursory reading, but by truly feeding on God’s word.
- Memorize: Memorization can be done in two ways. You can memorize Scripture itself. There is great value in memorizing the Words of God. Second, you can memorize the basic theme or principle that the text you read taught. Either way you are putting the word of God into your heart.
- Meditate: Once Scripture is read and the text itself, and/or the major principle is memorized, then you can begin to meditate. Meditation is focusing on the teaching of your reading with the goal toward application. It means thinking through the implication of the teaching. This include what it meant for the original audience, and how it can be applied to you today.
- Obey: This is the ultimate goal of Scripture. Scripture is meant to transform us. This means that once we have read carefully, committed to memory the certain Scriptures and/or their teaching, and thought through how to apply it, we must then begin to obey it. It is through obedience that Scripture transforms us. God wants us to walk in His statutes and commandments.
- Teach: Once we have understood and applied the Scripture to ourselves, we then should teach it to others. If God’s people would learn and teach others the Scripture, then the word of the Lord would fill the land. There would be no famine, but rather an overflow of God’s message.
Famine of the Word of God is a serious problem. Many churches and communities are faced with this very truth. Preachers will be judged for this. The burden of heralding the Word of the Lord falls upon their shoulders. God has given them that specific responsibility. However, it is not upon their shoulders alone. The principle of “to whom much is given, much is required” applies today. With the availability of Scripture, and the high literacy rate, even if preachers fail to do their jobs, all Christians have the ability to keep our land from this devastating famine.