So. I was in the book of Amos this morning. (Amos? Who hangs out there?? I know, right?) But that’s where I was and the Lord highlighted a few verses for me. I thought I’d share with you.
“The days are coming”, says the Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the Word of the Lord, but they will not find it. In that day, ‘the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst…” (Amos 8:11-13)
Quietly I asked God to show me more about the verse and what I should take from it.
I felt that it refers to our nation right now, the situation in our culture. I sensed that people are fainting because of thirst for the living water that God declares is His Word and that Jesus gives. They are thirsty and trying to quench their thirst everywhere but where their thirst might be truly quenched. They don’t even know that they need the Word of God to quench this insatiable thirst inside.
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (Jn.4:11-15)
And why do they not know about the living water that can be found in the words of Jesus? It is because we, friends, we who know the promise and the truth of this living water, are not proclaiming it.
We are shy of speaking gospel words, afraid of rejection.
We are afraid to pray for others who tell us of their pain and crisis, for lack of courage.
We are nervous to stand on the Word of God, because the surrounding culture tells us it is not true, that it is outdated and pales in comparison to present-day wisdom.
So what is our job?
It is our job to proclaim the Word of God, what we know to be true. It is our job to listen to the Spirit to receive God’s fresh word daily, that we might share it with others. We are to practise the Presence of God, carry the Presence in each moment and release the Presence and power of God wherever we find ourselves.
We are to let our light shine! (Matt.5:16)
Dear God, you know of our lack of courage. Forgive us. We pray, that whenever we open our mouths, the words may be give us so that we will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which we are ambassadors. We pray that we may declare it fearlessly, as we should. (Eph.6:19-20) We pray that your living water may flow from us and onto others. Make us bold for you, Jesus. We pray this in your name. Amen.