The Word of God talks about famines that took place throughout history approximately one hundred and six times.
God’s people were in those famines and He did not take them out of them! They went through them as well as the heathen. All of God’s people had to deal with these famines just as everyone else on earth had to, but from a different perspective. The difference is that God's people have a covenant with Him, that others do not.
Jesus did not tell us that we would be taken out. We will leave here one day of course, but until we go, we are here for a purpose. You and I are here to represent Jesus. We are His ambassadors. We are the ones to reveal the Kingdom of God, which is the way God does things to those who do not know. But you and I cannot do that if we do not know it ourselves!
The Lord said-
He also said that we are the light of the world. Light is only required in darkness. Darkness cannot dispel darkness—light does! The place where light has greatest effect therefore, is in the darkness. You can be at the bottom of a coal mine at midnight in pitch blackness, light a match and it will be seen, even if it is only a small flickering flame. We are here to shine in the darkness and to be the salt of the earth and if we are not shining or salty, no one will ever know that there is an alternative and that there is a God who truly loves them. God loves everybody and we all know that not everybody will be saved, but we also know that God does not overrule our freedom of choice. He will not violate our decision making processes. It is up to each individual to choose to believe, follow Him and walk in His ways or not.
How can the lost know, if no one tells them and how can they know if we are not "out there" where they are? Please read Romans 10:8-17 carefully. Those who are dying are in an increasingly darkening world that is manipulated by the devil. He owns it! Adam sold it out to him. That is why he could legitimately offer all the kingdoms of the world (system) and all it owns to Jesus, if Jesus would submit to him. He did that in Matthew chapter four and Luke chapter four.
What therefore is a famine?
God's people live here too, but they need to learn that their supply is not of this earth, but from God's storehouse. This is no religious cliché but truth that is not always taught and practiced.
Look for a moment at Isaac.
What does one do therefore, when things seem to be falling apart at the seams?
The best and possibly the only thing to do is to seek God and find out what to do in your own situation, because He and He alone has the answer. He can tell you where to go, what to do and when to do it, so when He gives you the answer—do what He tells you.
God did not send rain or break the famine! It continued unabated during the course of that story, but the man of God knew what to do and did it.
I just gave you another key. Do not allow your circumstances to dictate terms to you. What you are going through is real of course, but others are also going through the same things. See 1 Corinthians 10:13. Ask God what He wants you to do. He has already done all He can anyhow and He already knows your need before you ask, so do not act in any negative way and cry, weep, beg or complain. Use your faith and speak His word instead and if you can’t do that, then shut up! Your complaining will shut down the blessing and you will most likely continue in that predicament without change. Present the facts to Him and ask for His counsel and when He gives it to you—apply it.
O.K. That was Isaac. Let us look at another illustration.
Notice the emphasis. Elijah told the king it was His word, but what the prophet said was what God had already said in Deuteronomy chapter eleven. I suggest you read it carefully and take note of the conditions that apply to receive the blessings. If we choose not to obey the Lord, then we have no right to expect the blessings. They just will not come. Do not pray for a fancy house or a new car and quote your favorite blessings and prosperity scriptures if you are not prepared to feed the hungry, visit the fatherless, look after the widows, go ye into the world to reach the lost and essentially do as God asks you. Do not waste your time in prayer if you do not honor and respect such privileges and honor and respect God’s servants. The priorities must be right. The love walk must always continue, because faith worketh by love. Faith confessions are nullified if there is no love.
God told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith where he fed him with bread and meat that Ravens brought.
God then sent him to another place, still in a time of famine and provided for him and the widow for as long as this supply was needed. Was she the one who baked that bread and now God was rewarding her? There was famine in the land then but the man of God obeyed God and he came through, because He had honored God who in turn honored him.
We are often so programmed by the failing system that we do not see that no matter what is happening, we can tap into God at any time and draw off his resources. A believer in a village in Liberia, Kenya, India, or anywhere else, who has no money, no home, no job and no land can do this—if they believe and follow the Lord's instructions—for them. Some people might only have avocados or corn, contaminated water and overcrowded houses, but God can come through for them just as He did before. He fed a few million people and their livestock for 40 years where there were no supermarkets and no farms and not one of them lacked a thing. Read Psalm 105.
We tend to look at things in the natural and think in the natural, but according to Paul's teaching, we have the mind of Christ. When we do not think like God does, the devil plays with our thoughts to distract us, get us thinking on our natural environment, conditions and circumstances and stop looking at God. The devil wants us to stop thinking God's thoughts, because when we do that, we start reverting to the natural senses and then start talking them and then what we say determines the outcome.
More people are destitute for God than at any other time in history. They suffer famine because of the lack of understanding gained by communion with God’s Spirit. Jesus spoke of this in John 4:31-34, and Matthew 6:25-26.
He has already warned us about what is to come in the last hour. For example, Revelation 6:7-8 says,
Is the Church ready for what is to come? Have we seen the watering down of the Word of God in an attempt to please everyone and become seeker friendly? Have we become so focused on the quantity, that we have lost the importance of quality? Have many in the Church ceased to store up the word of God in their hearts in preparation? How many Christians are focussing on the prosperity doctrine, or the entertainment aspects and call that worship, but are not living the way God wants them to live, so it is like a dog chasing its tail.
It is a famine for truth and revelation. It is a famine for an intimacy of relationship when God’s people walk with Him and know Him and His ways. It is a famine that just might be a way to being God’s people to themselves and get serious; get their lives cleaned up and get their acts together with regard their walk with Him and their relationships with others.
Let us enjoy life to the full until it overflows. God has provided for that and wants us to live well and prosper. There is so much to enjoy and explore in life, like travel, eating well and having time to smell the roses. We do, but I also know that one of the greatest famines in history is right on our doorstep.
If you are in real need (and I know that some are), please look carefully and very closely at your own life and see if you need fine tuning. You might have lost the edge a little. You could have started well and grown complacent. You could have had a taste of the good life, but lost sight of the real objectives.
I have a feeling that some readers do not know the Lord as I do. You may attend church. You might be involved in church activities, but you do not really know Him.
If you need help in these areas, please do something about it.