A Barley field in Angus, Scotland.

“Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt; and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land. So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe.”

Genesis 41:29-31 (NASB)

Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land.

Ruth 1:1 (NASB)

There are times in the Christian walk where the river runs low, right down to a trickle. Suddenly all is silent about you, concentration is hard and the Word of God doesn’t appear to say much. I have times like these, usually through fatique which is a regular effect of my health issues. Tiredness and pain can make big and small things difficult, including spiritual matters. Yet God can use these times to help us grow in Him. During such dry times in life our Father God provides abundantly, literally from nothing.

It was while searching for inspiration in what has been a hard day, I found myself looking at my Bible notes from Friday 26th June 2020 and I found the scriptures I present to you today. In my notes I wrote that day: “in Scripture when we find famine, God is at work in the midst of it with bountiful blessings.” Look at the story of Joseph, and how God through a famine blessed him, his family and, also his nation. Then we have Ruth, which is a truly beautiful Biblical story. To escape famine Naomi and her daughter in law Ruth return to Judah. Ruth meets Boaz in the harvest fields who becomes her husband, their son Obed is the great grandfather of David, and a forerunner of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. What a truly a great harvest in the midst of a famine!

Dear reader, in times of personal famine when life is difficult our Father God is still present, right beside us. No matter how low the water level in your reservoir, the Almighty can still work a miracle with it. He is the Master of taking the small and weak to fulfill His purpose. Let us never despair in our famine, He will feed us from His bountiful harvest!

19 thoughts on “Personal Famine

  1. Dear Alan, your blogs are just getting better and better. Today, you described the spiritual effects of fatigue and pain far better than I could, and, for the first time, I knew for sure that these effects are something we both share, and that I’m not alone in experiencing them. Thank you so much for all your insight, encouragement, and honest sharing. XXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I must confess I found it hard to describe the effects of fatigue for the benefit of all readers. Yesterday started okay but went downhill later. This morning has began well. I surrender it to Him. God bless you today sister.


  2. yes, those times of famine can grab each one of us and seemingly throw us to the floor in despair…and yet God is always there, ready, waiting, with abundant energy and hope, to do all those things that He desires us to do

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  3. Yes! Yes! Yes! I too find it more difficult to be spiritually strong when I am tired. I get a little crabby and discouraged. What a great reminder that God is still there with His abundance and His strength!

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    1. When fatique hits I need things simply, otherwise I can’t cope. Father God always knows our health status and what we can handle at any time, Hallelujah! Thankyou sister, God bless you today.

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