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).