“I’m famished!” are popular words at our house after church on Sunday morning. The word famished means to starve to death. Okay, we’re not famished, we’re extra hungry. Probably none of us really know what it is to be truly famished in a physical sense.
However, there is another type of famine that God’s people can be very familiar with, and that is a spiritual famine. Ever experienced one? It is a time of waiting, of want. It can be a very difficult time. Perhaps you’re in a famine right now.
Yesterday I read Psalm 33:18, 19 – Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Note that verse 19 doesn’t say that God keeps us from the famine, but He keeps us alive in the famine. Times of famine are good for us. Here’s what I noted as I studied this passage. A famine will:
- Make me more dependent on my God
- Make me more hungry for the sweet morsels that God gives to me from His Word
- Make me run to Him in prayer all through my hungry day
- Make me thankful for times of abundance when the famine is only a memory
Don’t question God’s love for you if you’re in the middle of a spiritual famine. Anything God brings into our lives is because He knows we need it. He promises in Psalm 33 that He will keep us alive during those hard times. He will provide all we need. He’ll give His Word, His presence, His strength, and He will bring it to an end. While you’re in the midst of your famine, pray verses 20-22 to the Lord as you wait for it to come to an end: Our soul waiteth for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Just as God brought Elijah food from a raven to keep him alive, He will feed you, comfort you and provide for you in your famine. Wait. He is enough.