I'm Rev. Eric Evans, an ordained minister of the Gospel for more than 20 years. I believe the Bible when it says that God is with us. We can see God and feel His power even in the littlest of things in our lives. So with God's help, I want to write from my own life experiences to help you with Seeing God Every Day!
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
this...you 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 wait..you 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.