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.
It seems strange to read this passage and think that God would actually stop people being able to hear Him, but this was in response to the continued disobedience of Israel under Jeroboam and Judah under Uzziah, despite the warnings of other prophets. This was the final threat, that he would withdraw sending His word through any more prophets if they did not heed Him and, as you might be aware, there was 500 years’ silence from God between the Old and New Testaments. But then he sent His Word, the living Word in Jesus Christ, and His Word would never be withdrawn from His world again.
Father God, thank you that you sent us your Living Word in your Son Jesus Christ, to be our Saviour. Please help us to be your living witnesses to those around us who do not yet know you, to draw them from their disobedience to follow your word and acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Amen.