March 14, 2021

The Word of God

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
To the Prophet Amos, to go without God's word would be far worse than going without food and drink. What he's talking about here is relationship. Though the world seems not to understand it, for a person of faith, our relationship with the Divine is the most important thing on earth. Through that relationship we interpret the world around us, we understand the events of the day, and we connect with one another. Without it, we are unsettled; we go astray.

How sad, then, when we know what God desires—even requires—of us, and ignore it. We know we are to love both friend and enemy and to act with integrity. Yet all too often, we fail to do so. And, though God freely forgives our shortcomings, we are hesitant to admit our faults. When this happens, we stumble through life, disoriented.

May we never take our relationship with God for granted. And may we more and more come to the understanding that, though we understand it imperfectly, God's word is our guide to what that relationship is all about.

Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”
 Luke 11:28
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help me to commit to immersing myself in your word, Lord, and grant me the grace of understanding, that I may more deeply connect with you, with my neighbors, and with the world around me.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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