Drought. Here in California, we are in the fourth year of a record-breaking dry spell. In January of this year, the governor declared a state of emergency and imposed strict conservations methods statewide. Due to modern day advances in food preparation and storage in this country, the word doesn’t strike as much fear in our hearts as it does for those in others countries. While we endure oppressive heat, cloudless skies, and diminished crop yields, a drought for many others can mean a life-and-death struggle for survival.
But despite the seriousness of a physical drought, there is another “drought” that is slowly extending its grip. I’m speaking of a spiritual dryness that comes from a lack of respect for God and His word. When the Israelites of old turned away from God, He warned them through the prophet Amos with these words: “‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord. And people will stagger from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they will not find it’” (Amos 8:11-12). The message is that when God’s people find ways to reject the word of God, the time will come when God will take it away.
What is the remedy for a spiritual drought? A return to God and His word! We need to plead to God with the Psalmist: “My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word” (Psalm 119:25). We can trust the promise made by Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” The Lord also promises that those who believe in Him will become a fountain of living water (John 7:38). Doesn’t that sound refreshing? May we develop a thirst for God that causes us to seek HIm earnestly (Psalm 63:1).
God loves you!