When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”
Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.
Many people down through the ages have had to deal with famine. Sometimes it’s a dry weather pattern. It might be poor farming techniques. Whatever its cause in a particular area, its effects can be devastating. We have all seen pictures of famine victims from around the world and maybe have even sent some money to help relieve the suffering.
The Bible speaks, however, of an even greater famine that is experienced by His people. I’m talking about a famine of the Word of God. It seems that these days, it’s not a famine of availability but a famine of receiving.
In the above verses Jacob’s sons were willing to take a wilderness journey of many weeks in order to satisfy their physical hunger. With us – if it’s not handed to us on a platter, we are not willing to strive spiritually.
We need to take the initiative to hear from God’s Word. Are we willing to put forth the effort to receive a feeding that will last throughout time and eternity? Avoid a famine of the soul. Spend quality time in prayer, read the Word, and hear from God that your spirit may be full.