Famine is Coming!

by: Wayne Schatzle

      It has been interesting watching how folks react when faced with the prospect of a shortage. In recent memory, the Cabbage Patch doll shortage was something to behold, where adults would even take one from the arms of a child that they may have one to give to their own daughter. It seems every year there is another toy that is in short supply. This year Pokemon is the object to covet, where usually normal, level-headed parents will go to great lengths to obtain something from the Pokemon craze- lest their little darling be disappointed.

       In this land of plenty we have the luxury of fretting over nonsense such as toy shortages. But other countries are not as fortunate as us. More often than not, the rest of the world experiences serious shortages of food. Year after year due to war, drought, and other factors, crops fail and populations are denied much needed foodstuffs. Is famine in the future for the United States? Only time will tell for sure, but terrible times are indeed forecasted for all inhabitants of Earth. How will Americans handle it? Judging by the behavior displayed when mere toys are wanted- it will be a sight to behold when food is the issue. People do scramble when faced with the possibility of shortage. Witness the recent stockpiling at the threat of Y2K. Citizens will do what is necessary to obtain scarce commodities.

       Brace yourselves for a coming famine! Believe it or not, an obscure book of the bible details God’s anger at men of the nations for their utter failing to conduct their lives as they should. Men have crushed the needy, pervert worship to God, did not even repent in the face of famine and the sword. The prophet Amos writes of a time when men are so callous and stiff-necked to a God that continually reaches out and tries to show men the way of repentance. God comes to the point that He takes away the most important thing to seeking souls- the way to salvation! "Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will send a famine across the land, a famine not of bread, but of the hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, north to south. They shall run to and fro seeking the word of the Lord, but shall not find it."

     The book of Amos should be of interest to everyone. It details how  we seem to take pains to avoid converting to God’s way of thinking and continue in our errant ways. As usual, we never appreciate things until they are removed from us. Presently, our country’s cup runneth over. We are the envy of the world with our wealth. Almost overlooked in our cornucopia is the plethora of Bible related materials and the freedom to worship and hear the word of God within our walking distance from more than 700 church organizations.

      Will Americans heed the warning of the prophet Amos, and stockpile Bibles and study helps like they stockpiled water for Y2K? Don’t wait for the anger of the Lord to motivate you to study and search for Him and His way to live. "This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He will also deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself. (2 Timothy 2: 11-13).  January 2, 2000

(Written by Wayne Schatzle,
director, Freedom Biblical Information Center
P.O. Box 1806, West Chester OH 45071)