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Famine on the Land

Famines are commonly referenced in the Old Testament. “Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land” (Genesis 12:10). We see it again in Isaac’s day,Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham” (Genesis 26:1).   

Who could forget the famine Joseph predicted through Pharaoh’s dream (Gen. 41-47)? And again in Ruth 1: “In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife [Naomi] and his two sons.” 

We see something else: God is sovereign even in times of famine; He moves, and He moves people. But there’s another famine spoken of in Scripture, one that is far worse than physical hunger. “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, ‘when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11-12). 

Father, give us this day our daily bread. Help us feast on Your word of truth and on Jesus, Bread of Life. “Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever” (John 6:35-38).  

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One and Perfectly One

Christian unity was a great surprise to me when I was born again (John 3). I had friends before that time, of course, and I even had friends who claimed to be Christian, as I did. But I had no concept of what the Lord meant about unity and the sweet fellowship that is ours in Him.  

What a powerful prayer Jesus prayed in his high priestly prayer (John 17) when he prayed for unity! The effects are still felt today!  

Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one… I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you… The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me...” 

This unity is lived out today in our lives, if we know Jesus and are called by His name. That we may be one, and “perfectly one” … for belief, for glory, for love. Thank you, Jesus. 

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