Why Does Famine Come?
Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us; 3 and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul. 1 Chronicles 13:1-3 NKJV
In the face of famine, spiritually speaking, you ought to seek consciousness of the presence of the Lord—you ought to inquire of Him; when you do, God will speak if you really want to hear from Him about your famine (2 Sam. 21:1). But why does famine come?
In the above text verses, you can see Saul’s biggest problem is our biggest problem—neglect! Saul’s neglect of the Ark symbolized the neglect of God and His presence. Neglecting the things that remind us of God will cause us to neglect God. We must keep God consciously in the center of our lives. Unlike Saul, David sought the presence of the Lord (2 Sam. 21:1). Ergo, famine comes when you (1) Ignore God’s presence; (2) because of what you think, say, and do; and (3) because of decisions you make in disobedience to God; thus, dishonoring God (Job 36:11).
For example, when Satan rose up against Israel and tempted David to take a census of Israel. David’s thinking, what he ordered to his army’s commander to do displeased the Lord. David sinned and acted foolishly. As a result, God gave David the choice of three consequences of his sin: three years of famine, three months of his enemies overtaking him by the sword, or three days of a plague (1 Chron. 21:1-2, 7-13). David chose to fall in the hand of God. David had ultimate authority as king, and was a wise and effective leader until Satan tempted him with pride (Prov. 16:18). Thank God that David repented and sought the presence of the Lord.
Famine doesn’t come to destroy you or cut you off from God; it comes to bring you to repentance, and to seek the presence of the Lord. You can always know that you lose consciousness of God’s presence whenever you’re on a path of committing sin (Jas. 1:15); living a life of sin consciousness (Rom. 8:1); and not being grateful, joyful and thankful (Deut. 28:47-48). This is why famine comes!