The Cry of The Lord
Wade E Taylor
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will
send a famine in the Land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst
for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they
shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the
east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord,
and shall not find it" Amos 8:11-12.
Many have thought that this passage of Scripture refers
to a scarcity of the Word being spoken or preached in the
last days. However, these verses tell us that this famine
is not due to a lack of the PREACHING of the Word. Rather,
because of a dearth of heart response to the Words of the
Lord, He will withdraw the quickened "present Word".
We will hear the "Letter of the Word", but not the
"Spirit". There will be a famine of the quickened,
Today, as never before, the Word is being sent forth by
radio, television, tapes and literature. Everywhere, we find
services, conventions and religious activities of all kinds.
But, there is a famine of those who truly hear and respond
in obedience to "the cry of the Lord in the midst of
The Laodicean church of Revelation 3:14-17 thought themselves
"rich and increased in goods". However, the Word
to them was that they were "poor, and blind, and naked".
They were seen by the Lord as babes in Christ,(naked) because
they were not assimilating His Word into their spiritual lives.
His counsel to them was to "buy gold of me tried in the
fire". (Rev 3:18).
The Lord desires to perfect His nature,(gold) through the
workings, dealings and chastenings of His Spirit in the lives
of those who are completely sold out to Him. "Gold tried
in the fire" speaks of a direct and intimate encounter
with God. "For our God is a consuming Fire". Heb
Moses understood his calling to deliver the children of
Israel from bondage. "And Moses was learned in all the
wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds,
and when he was full 40 years old it came into his heart to
visit his brethren, the children of Israel. And seeing one
of them suffer wrong, he defended him and avenged him that
was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his
brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would
deliver them: but they understood not". Acts 7:22-25.
The next day, when he showed himself to his brethren, they
rebuked him and said: "Who made thee a ruler and judge
over us?". Acts 7:27. At this word, Moses fled into the
wilderness. He had tried to accomplish the will of God with
his own ability and understanding, and had utterly failed.
"And when 40 years were expired, there appeared to
him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of the Lord
IN A FLAME OF FIRE in a bush". (Acts 7:30). "And
Moses said, I will now TURN ASIDE, and see this great sight,
why the bush is not burnt. And WHEN THE LORD SAW that he turned
aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush,
and said, Moses Moses...". (Exodus 3:3-4).
From this "burning Word" that the Lord spoke to
Moses, came the impartation and anointing that would enable
him to lead the children of Israel out from their bondage.
After the Lord had revealed Himself; Moses, who was once
mighty and eloquent in words and in deeds, spoke to the Lord
and said: "I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor
since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of
speech, and of a slow tongue". (Exodus 4:10). In other
words, Moses said to the Lord: "In the past I spoke quickly
what I thought was your word, but I have learned that this
does not work. Lord, unless you speak to me, I have nothing
to say. Now, I will only speak your Words".
As Moses stood before the fire of the burning bush, all
former ambition and drive melted away. His own eloquence has
been replaced by the Words that the Lord spoke to him, he
has "purchased gold tried in the fire".
Now, as Moses stood before Pharaoh and spoke forth this
anointed Word, Pharaoh shook. At Pharaoh's rejection of the
Word, all Egypt trembled until the people of God were cast
out of Egypt in a mighty deliverance, to go forth into the
land of promise.
In this day of so many who are "mighty in word and
in deed", the Lord is looking for those whom He might
reduce to speak only His Words. Then, the famine need not
"The cry of the Lord" is going forth to a people
who are willing to present themselves at the burning bush
and allow everything of self ability to be consumed, that
they might then speak forth His anointed Word of deliverance.
"For our God is a consuming fire".
The Body of Christ must be brought from bondage into the
land of promise. Are you willing to stand before Him at the
burning bush and HEAR what He would say to you concerning
His people in our day?