The world has been forced into silence; we must listen for the voice of God that will lead us through the world crisis.

This being the first day of another working week for most, but for emergency services workers, who are working seven days a week; would be more if there were more days in the week. God bless them all!

The economies of the world are being badly affected so I want to help the world- wide body of Christ get through the crisis by reminding it to listen and follow the voice of God.

The three best known patriarchs in the bible are: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Each in their own lifetime survived a famine because they listened to the voice of God.

Abraham was told to go to Egypt and in doing so, survived the famine. In fact he prospered.

Isaac, Abraham’s son, was told by God not to go to Egypt but to remain in the country where he was living. He also prospered to the point that others became jealous and sabotaged his success.

Jacob, son of Isaac, and grandson of Abraham sent his sons to Egypt, the breadbasket of the world to buy food, not knowing that his son, Joseph who he thought was long dead was the second most important person in Egypt.

All three men survived by listening to the voice of God.

A fourth notable famine occurred in Judah which caused a small family to leave their home in Bethel, Judah for Moab. (Ruth chapter 1).

Only Naomi survived the adventure, Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion died in obscurity in Moab. Naomi, who wanted to change her name because of the bitter experience swallowed her pride and returned to Bethlehem, accompanied by Ruth her daughter in law. They didn’t listen for the voice of God.

A fifth notable famine occurred at the time of the prophet Elijah.

Elijah was kept alive because he listened to the voice of God. The widow was kept alive because she too listened to the voice of God.

Amos, the prophet spoke of another famine not for food and drink but for the hearing of the word of God. This famine for the hearing of the word of God was sent by God.

Why would God send a famine for the hearing of the word of God? The answer lies in the economic, social and spiritual condition at the time. Under King Jeroboam 2, Judah had prospered well. Society had degenerated and the spiritual condition of the land was at its best, lukewarm.   

There was peace and prosperity, the places of worship was no longer significant but tolerated. There were establishment prophets but no prophet with “thus saith the Lord”.

It was in this climate that God called Amos, who was no prophet nor was he from a line of prophets; he was a simple farm worker.

It was while working in the fields that the word of God began coming to him. At first he didn’t know what to do but obeyed and opened his mouth.

Amos would cause a stir which brought him to the attention of many in high places who became irritated by him. Seeing they were unwilling to change despite the changing fortunes of the nation, Amos spoke of a famine for the hearing of the word. The temples would remain intact and so would be the priests and so called prophets but not many with thus saith the Lord. This silence by God is what is meant as a famine for the hearing of the word. The very worst sate of affairs for the child of God, preacher, church and nation is when God go silent.

Today, the bible is available for free online and can be borrowed from libraries and even obtained from churches that are willing to give them away to the public.

The world, including the West, is awash with preachers: appointed, self appointed and fake. For almost every bible text there are varying opinions and points of views.

Furthermore, the countless conspiracy theories, ideas and opinions which are peddled by weirdoes and scammers are ever increasing.   

In the words of Amos, there is a famine for the hearing of the word of God. (Amos 8: 11).     

How do we listen to the voice of God?

Firstly, circumcise your hearing by cutting away from the noise, the clamour.

Secondly, be quiet. Stop talking and listen.

Thirdly, read your bible, not randomly but with a purpose. God often speaks to us through His word in us more than when we are reading it.

Fourthly, pray: without ceasing; keep the communication line with heaven open.

Fifthly, whatsoever, the Lord say to do, do it: repent, go, don’t go, and ask for help.

How God speaks to us:

Through His word (read the bible).

Audibly: directly through a celestial angel and terrestrial angel.

And the most common way in the New Testament era, the inner voice, dreams and visions.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny