Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thirsty in the Middle of an Ocean

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord." Amos 8:11
Think about could die of thirst stranded in the middle of the ocean just as fast as you could stranded in the middle of a desert. Wouldn't that be terribly ironic to die of thirst in the middle of an ocean; water on every side and none to drink.

Of course, I don't have to explain to you that you can't drink sea water. But maybe it's worth a few lines to tell you why. Of course you know that's it's because it's too salty, but what happens when you drink it is that the salt in your blood stream draws the water out of your cells. Your body tries to get rid of the excess salt by excess urination. So you end up getting rid of more water than what you take in and you dehydrate...rapidly!

You know spiritually speaking, we can easily find ourselves in a similar situation. The prophet Amos said that the days will come when there will be a famine, not of bread or water, but of the hearing of the word of God. And I think those days are upon us. But say...there's a church on every corner, preaching on every Sunday, sermons on tv, podcasts...hey even on Facebook. So why is there a famine of the hearing of the word of God? Well, the closer that I get to the Lord through His word, the more I see that lots of church and lots of preaching does not mean lots of hearing of the words of God. Not everything that comes out form behind a pulpit is the word of God. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of good teaching and preaching, but there is also a lot of ear-tickling and people-pleasing. And it's a crying shame that many people are dying of spiritual thirst in the middle of a ocean of church. And if we heed the warning of Amos, we can expect it to only get worse.

The good news is that Jesus, our High Priest, opened the door for you to approach God for yourself. And by His power and grace, He has preserved His word through thousands of years and countless attempts to destroy it. You can acces God's holy word, His spiritual water, any time you want, so that you don't have to die of thirst...not even in the middle of an ocean.

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