The Famine before the Flood

Remember how the Lord your God has led you in the desert for these forty years, taking away your pride and testing you, because He wanted to know what was in your heart. He wanted to know if you would obey His commands.” (Deuteronomy 8:2 NCV)

I don’t know about you but I love listening to the rain.  Even more, I love watching the rain from my bedroom window.  It may sound stupid but I always feel that bit closer to God when it’s raining.  I bet you’re wondering why?  Rain reminds me of revival.  So when I see raindrops on my window I find it much easier to pray…

Revival, oh how we need it!  We need it now more than ever.  Our age is in desperate need of God; I can’t help but feel that revival is the only answer.  Just think, “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11 NIV).  God is going to place a hunger inside each of us for more of Him and His Word.

We don’t thirst enough after Him, do we? If you ask me what brings about revival my answer would be a spiritual famine.  It makes perfect sense when you think about it.  Following a famine the ground is so dry and dehydrated, when the flood comes it soaks it all in. The ground becomes so saturated it can’t contain it. Following a flood hearts that were once hungry are now satisfied!

For months and months, more than I can remember, I’ve been going through a dry spell. I kept on thinking to myself that I couldn’t possibly feel any more starved spiritually, but God always brought me to a new all-time low. I was so hungry for God but I felt so unfulfilled at the same time. It just didn’t make any sense. Things just did not add up. I kept on feeling more and more unfulfilled. Nothing seemed to satisfy. I had this unquenchable thirst for the things of God. And I just didn’t understand why I felt this way.  That was before God spoke up; He seemed to be saying something to me over the months. He seemed to be saying that this was the famine before the flood. That explained it.

So, what if you’re in the same boat? You seem to be drifting along, going nowhere? Keep on carrying on. Don’t slack off or else you could end up giving up altogether. Pray like you’ve never prayed before; push the boundaries. Read and reread the Word.  Meditate on it while you’re at it. Throw yourself into service. Don’t throw in the towel; hang on in there that little bit longer. Hear this, “those who suffer as God wants should trust their souls to the faithful Creator as they continue to do what is right” (1 Peter 4:19 NCV).

Did you hear that? Keep on keeping on. Don’t slow-up or stop altogether. Keep a steady pace. Do what is right and you’ll realise that God is faithful even in the famine. If you’re struggling to get to grips with God’s Word all I can say is read on.  God sees you in your struggle; He sees that you’re serious about Him.  If you’re finding it difficult to pray tell Him. If you feel like pulling out of service give it 110%


Read Deuteronomy 8:1-5 in The Message. If you don’t have your own copy stick it into Have confidence that God will keep you through the famine, you have nothing to fear. I believe that we’re going through a famine, a famine for the Word of God.  Just take a look around you, and inside of you, how many Christians read their Bible every day?  Not enough.  How many apply it to their everyday?  No way near enough.  Believe that a spiritual flood will follow this famine.  I believe it’s on its way and that nothing, no nothing, can stand in its way. When we’re hungering and thirsting after the eternal it’s then that God sends the rain, His reign!


I want to walk the road to revival, and I’m sure you do too. I suggest we get started and PRAY that God would open the heavens and rain down.  PRAY that a spiritual tsunami would sweep around this world and take it by storm.  I can’t emphasise this enough! When we cry out for God’s mercy it brings tears to His eyes to see us in our anguish. It is then that God can’t keep back the floods of tears!

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