Amos 8:11-12 – "The days are coming," declares the Sovereign Lord, "when I will send a famine through the land — not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it. (NIV)

The other day I picked up a salt shaker in a restaurant and checked the cap to make sure it was tight. I had not done that for a long time. My mind suddenly flashed back to my younger teens when, for a joke, we would loosen the caps of the salt shakers in the local restaurant, hoping that the next person using it would get a plate full of salt — not too funny when you look back, is it? I also think of when I was young, our pigs were killed in the fall, and the pork was salted down or placed in a brine to preserve it, as we did not have a refrigerator. I guess that is why I drink a lot of water and don't like pork to this day. Bars and taverns also serve salted peanuts to create a thirst for their product and thus increase sales, so people tell me. You and I season our meals and many other things which creates a thirst in our system that is never quenched. God however directs Christians to non-Christian people, as spokesmen to create an inner thirst in them. This inner thirst can only be quenched by Jesus Christ and his purifying water that flows within.Prayer: Once again we come to you with thanks for all the many things we don't see and should see in your wonderful world. We continually search and thirst for your word and the love of Jesus. Amen.

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