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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

November 26

They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

Amos 8:14

The reason for the famine of hearing the Word was that God’s people worshipped idols from the north in Dan to Beer-sheba in the south. Consequently, because they filled themselves with idol worship, they could no longer hear the Word of the Lord.

You may wonder why you’re not hearing the words of the Lord, why the Bible is so dry, why there is a famine in your land. As seen here, a very possible reason is that you are worshipping an idol of compromising literature, of questionable entertainment, of overworking to make more money. In Mark 4, Jesus said the Word of God is like seed thrown into the soil of men’s hearts. But the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust for material things can choke its growth.

When you experience a famine in hearing the Word of the Lord, it’s His loving signal that something is amiss. When Scripture is no longer vibrant or important, when the impressions are no longer real or understandable, when spiritual truths are meaningless to you, the Lord in His love says, “That’s the first sign I’m giving you that something is wrong in your life. The path you’re on will eventually destroy you.”

If this is where you’re at, seek the Lord. Let Him point out to you the sin of Samaria, the gold calf of Dan before it destroys you. If you turn from it, your appetite for the Word will return. The seed of the Word will flourish once more, bringing forth much fruit.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi. If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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