Famine in the Land

I used to not give much thought to the brown grass of late summer crunching under my feet. It’s part of the season, but something is different this year.

This year all of the plants have been sagging under the oppression of the sun’s intensity long before August. Summer showers have become distant memories. Wild fires are actually affecting neighbors and people that I know, and fields are charred by either the sun or flames.

We are in a drought that is actually worse than the Depression Era drought.

Times are hard.

As much as I’d love to chalk it up to one of those difficult years that just happen, there’s a feeling that won’t leave me. Perhaps my fellow believers and I should be contemplating that this drought is a way that God is communicating a message that we must heed.

I realize this could sound extreme, but the more I’ve pondered the rainless days and the reports of barrenness from farmers, the more examples I recall of how God declared a clear message in this way throughout scripture.

God is in control of all things. If I say that I believe this, then I have no choice but to believe it and to consider what He could be saying to me through this.

So I’ve begun praying that I would see this dry season for what it is. I’ve been working to make it a priority to pray for my country as it is truly sliding downward at a rapid pace. I’ve been learning to humble myself before God and not have an attitude of complaining about the weather as if we deserve better, because we honestly don’t. Instead we need mercy  desperately. We need revival, and it can’t start if I’m sitting around waiting for it to rain.

Amos 8:11-12 keep running through my mind. I pray that we do not get to this point of extreme spiritual drought in our country.

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.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
    and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,
    but they shall not find it.

Will you join me in praying for revival in this land that is in both a physical and spiritual famine?

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