“And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” (1 Samuel 3:1)
Have we, as a nation that was founded and established upon Biblical principles, become spiritually destitute? Do we not understand just how precious the Word of God is today?
The Word of God is the only remedy for mankind. It is the only thing that can change the heart and life of a man.
Psalms 119:9 tells us:
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Let us take an example from Israel as to the calamities we will face without the Word of the Lord:
“Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.” (2 Chronicles 15:3)
“And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.” (2 Chronicles 15:5)
“And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.” (2 Chronicles 15:6)
Not only was Israel affected by a famine of God’s Word, other nations and cities were as well. Israel was without the true God; without a teaching priest; and without law – and for those reasons, there was chaos everywhere.
No Word, No God – No God, No Hope.
Paul, in his Epistle to the Church at Ephesus, plainly explained to them that, “being in time past Gentiles in the flesh”; at that time they were “without Christ… strangers from the covenants of promise (God’s Word), having no hope, and without God in the world”; they did not enjoy these benefits until the Gospel was preached unto them, then they received the Gospel and what Jesus Christ had done, breaking down “the middle wall of partition” between Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:11-22).
We are perishing because of a lack of knowledge. Not the knowledge that the world gives, but the knowledge that comes from God.
What a devastation it would be if Amos 8:11-12 took place here in America:
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” (Amos 8:11)
“And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:12)
It would do this country as a whole, and every individual personally, a great benefit to not take the Word of God for granted.
Oh, how precious is the Word of God for us today!
It is our Hope; and without it, we will surely perish.