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A famine of the soul

“…a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  Men will stagger from sea to sea searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.”  Amos 8:11-12 I go through dry seasons, times when I feel disconnected from God.  Seasons of famine when either I’ve stopped listening…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

“…a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  Men will stagger from sea to sea searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.”  Amos 8:11-12

I go through dry seasons, times when I feel disconnected from God.  Seasons of famine when either I’ve stopped listening or he’s stopped talking.

If what Jesus said is true that “man doesn’t live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” then our spirits need regular communication with God or they’ll begin to atrophy.

Have you gone through a famine of the soul lately?  It’s hard to bear. Your soul was made for divine connection. We need a regular two-way flow of feedback.

That’s why we need others who are connected to God.  When I’m going through a personal famine of the soul, you may have some spiritual bread for me. My connection may be weak, but you may pick up what God is wanting to say more clearly.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says that we need to get together regularly to encourage one another and to stir each other up to love and good works. We had a time like that in our living room yesterday. The presence of the Lord brought tears to my eyes and reminded me how much we need encouragement and we need stirring up.

Since the time of Amos, seasons of famines come and go, but the smart man knows where to go to find the word of the Lord. Sometimes it comes to us through a brother or sister who cares enough to listen to what God may want to tell us when we’re feeling spiritually deaf.

Comments (8)

  • I was blessed and honored to be a part of this yesterday. I thank Jesus for His sovereignty and His love that was shown so deeply. He who started a good work will be faithful to complete it. He is faithful. And even when we don’t understand it we know He is still with us even when we don’t feel Him. Bless you Seth for constantly moving forward toward the Goal ahead.

  • There have been those times of famine mostly because I wouldn’t stop talking. As I listen, He is there…it is glorious. Amen.

  • I lack words to express my feelings. That was an incredible visitation we had yesterday. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you for us all. I’m still processing all the events and have some of the words spoken to our lives written down for future references.

    Thank you soooooo muccchhhh Seth. What a GIFT and a Blessing you are.

  • Thanks friend for this reminder. Sometimes the drought can be years. That’s when I keep going back to Hebrews 11:13 which has been a comfort. Love you…

  • I, too have been in & out of famine. Most recently I sensed a chasm between the Lord and me. It lasted for several months. I began to pray for direction and started reading my bible regularly (again). Within 2 weeks I was asked to participate in a mission trip to western Africa to aid orphans and widows (another great story). I am leaving tomorrow and am anxious to see how He moves in this endeavor. God is great!

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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