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Life Lines by Les Turvey

WORLDWIDE FAMINE

(Inspired by notes from Wayne Holmes)

What would you give for a piece of bread if you were starving? A time of starvation is coming, but it won’t be physical.

Copyright 2005 / Leslie A Turvey

“Pray for me missionary. There’s no food left to buy.”

These were the soulful words of an old man in South Africa when a missionary handed him a few coins. Famine was everywhere; food was non-existent.

The story is the same in many countries around the world. Yet, in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain we sit down to sumptuous meals seven days a week. We get a bit edgy when beef supplies are cut due to a mad cow scare, or when drought and grasshoppers decimate mid-west grain crops.

Older readers will recall their parents saying, “Eat you turnips (or whatever). There’s children in China who would love to have them.” Our response was, of course, “Then send them to China. I don’t like turnips.”

Well, we survived the turnips, but children in China and India and South Africa are still dying every day because there’s no turnips left to buy.

Several years ago Ray Bradbury’s novel was based on the temperature at which paper bursts into flame. A law was passed banning all books: they must be burned.

The law was overcome, however, when men memorized the classics, and were able to repeat the stories long after flames claimed the pages.

In his book Richard Wurmbrand tells of Christians in post-war communist Rumania. Bibles were nearly impossible to obtain, and would be confiscated if they were found. More likely, the owner -- and often his family -- would be imprisoned, tortured, or killed. Even today, in many countries, it’s worth one’s life to own a bible.

Pastor Wurmbrand wrote, “It’s pathetic to hear a Russian begging for one page of the Bible. He feeds his soul on it. They are happy to exchange a cow or a goat for a Bible. One man I know traded his wedding ring to get a battered New Testament.”

When Pastor Wurmbrand received some bibles from America he gave one to a couple labourers. They carefully cut it into thirty parts, and gave the parts to the villagers, who exchanged them with one another.

We are so rich. In the free world we can hear God’s word expounded every sabbath day. We have access to several bible translations and study aids. Pastor Wayne Holmes notes, “There may occasionally be a program that teaches the truth on the radio or television.”

But the time is coming when there will be a worldwide famine, “…not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11).”

“Not in America,” you say. “We’re a Christian country.” You may say that, but God says otherwise. He says people will “…run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it (vs 12).”

Pastor Holmes wrote, “As society continues to descend into the abyss of sin, those that teach the word of God will be persecuted…to silence them.”

Yes. In America. Our countries have become cesspools of unrighteousness. And when the narrative of becomes reality, it will be too late to begin memorizing God’s word. The time is now, and the best way to memorize it is to live every day by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4).

“…the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land…of hearing the words of the Lord.” Every day is one day nearer to that time.

Pray for me missionary. There’s no food of God’s word left to buy.

Leslie A Turvey
A servant of the only true and living God

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Life Lines is published privately by Leslie A Turvey
for your interest and edification
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