Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Benenden

Daily Scripture & Reflection

20 Jan 2021, 9 a.m.
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Daily Scripture:

"The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it." (Amos 8.11&12)

Daily Reflection:

Amos was a prophet who served God around 750 B.C. The people of Israel were living under a pious veneer of religion (as one commentator on the Bible puts it); Amos came along – directed by God – and told them a few home-truths. If we read prophets like this, we can learn from them by putting ourselves in the place of the people they were speaking to. (Two examples: Have we grown complacent? Do we ignore the needs of others?) What struck me about these two verses was: there must have been a time when people really searched for the word of God; they had a desire deep inside to hear God. Oh how things changed! We have God’s word available to us – the Bible. Let’s not be apathetic about it. It is a gift for you. Cherish it; don’t ignore it. It can provide you with answers about life.

Revd David