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Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to reside in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.

Ruth 1:1 (NASB)

As I began the reading of the book of Ruth in my devotions I had been going through a tough time in my health which to me was like a physical famine. My heart and spirit are doing well, but my body is not doing so well. As I surrendered my situation to Father God in prayer I felt reassured, confident in His provision. As I read the above opening verse of Ruth the Spirit impressed on me the divine purpose of famines in God’s plan, after all my own present situation is a health famine. Let us look closer at His use of famine, I would encourage you to read the whole story behind the verses quoted below.

 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a time, because the famine was severe in the land.

Genesis 12:10 (NASB)

Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

Genesis 26:1 (NASB)

and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

Genesis 41:54 (NASB)

Now Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go with your household, and live wherever you can live; for the Lord has called for a famine, and it will indeed come on the land for seven years.”

2 Kings 8:1 (NASB)

I first want to highlight the seven years in the last two of the listed scriptures, as many of us know seven is a divine number signifying the work of God. It occurred to me when we find seven years in the Bible it is the fingerprint of Almighty God at work.

In these stories famine is a tool in the hand of God, to carve out His plan for humanity. As He performs his mighty deeds in these cases He goes on to provide abundant wealth for His chosen people. From the riches Abram gained from the Egyptians  to the beautiful story of Joseph being instrumental to bless his people during a famine, these are instructive accounts of how our Father God always provides for His children.

In Ruth Almighty God uses famine to lay the foundations for the greatest act of abundant provision, that is Salvation through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Famine is the matchmaker between the predestined couple chosen to continue the royal lineage to King David, and on to the Messiah in Bethlehem.

Dear reader, does this not excite your heart? We can follow the evidence of our Father God’s fingerprints through our Bible, and through history, seeing how His plans are always completed. As I meditated on these famine stories I was confident that His Spirit was showing me that my own health famine is only a waymarker on His Heavenly purpose. Take heart my brethren, this is also the case for you too!

21 thoughts on “God of the Famine

  1. Beautiful post. May God indeed bring for you a richer pasture time after the famine of this glitch is past. Godly Wisdom in ALL aspects of health care. a-men !

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  2. It is like God to use your circumstances to bring beauty and encouragement to others.
    Praying for your health Alan. God doesn’t always heal but He sure gives us the grace and strength to endure for His glory.

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  3. “As I meditated on these famine stories I was confident that His Spirit was showing me that my own health famine is only a waymarker on His Heavenly purpose. Take heart my brethren, this is also the case for you too!”
    Such wonderful words of encouragement Alan. And, thank you for introducing me to a new song. Each year I select at least one classic devotional to be amongst my reading. This year it is Lettie Cowman’s “Streams in the Desert.” As I finished reading your post, I thought how your devotional would fit perfectly among the collected writings she includes by writers like Spurgeon, Macleran, FB Meyers and Whittal Smith.

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    1. Oh my goodness Beth! How do I reply to such beautiful comments? In my humble opinion I am not fit to be even mentioned in the same sentence as such luminaries of Godly writing, but I do warmly appreciate your kindness sister.
      I remember a dear sister in Christ who is a spiritual mother to me, who often shared gems from “Streams In The Desert.” Incidentally I have it on my E-Sword app on the pc.
      May our Father God bless you (and Adi) today.

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      1. Alan you have much in common with those luminaries of Godly writing- Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and a humble heart willing to serve the Lord. Adi sends a happy wag of the tail your way. She was laid up with an injury for a week but all is better and we were able to get her out hiking again. We ventured to a trail that runs along a stream. This time of year its banks are overflowing with Virginia Bluebells. It was a wondrous sight.

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