I was reading an email sent to me by Richard Traver of the Christian Church of God – Grand Junction, Colorado. The paragraph quoted below got me to thinking;
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:”  Amos 8:11
A lot has been said regarding this situation.  But something has also been overlooked.  We have today a huge array of outlets proclaiming the Truth in ways and to a degree never before seen.  With so many proclaiming the Truth and with so many having instant and easy access to it, how can this be applied to the present day?  There’s an easy and obvious answer.  It isn’t so much the availability of the Word, it’s the willingness of the majority to HEAR it.  There’s the problem area, and it’s God’s doing!   He has closed the minds of the vast majority to any inclination to hear due to their being ruined of any real chance to respond properly to it.  Their having embraced the perverse mindset (the reprobate mind) of our modern culture has rendered them unable to rationally process what they’re hearing.  Their chance to effectively comprehend will have to come only in the millennial age or the second resurrection period.
There are so many, in today’s world, that simply do not have the mindset that will allow them to recognize the truth when they hear it. In fact, it even upsets them to hear it stated. Much like we see in the political arena today.
But it seems to me that this scripture is speaking to the people of God who should be able to hear and understand what is being taught. If that is so then why are they not able to hear?
God provides us with that ability to hear God’s words, to hear and respond to the Voice of Christ. We are supposed to recognize that voice and always be ready to follow.
John 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 
So how can a Famine of hearing the word of God affect His sheep?
I believe that some of the thinking that is found in the world has inserted itself into the think of many in our church groups. What I mean is that many of the groups of our people out there are not allowing their members to communicate with obvious brethren who are not a part of their particular group.  To me, this seems to shut down the mind and doesn’t allow you to reason well. You can understand, the church edict, and yet, you know that it is not quite right with what the bible says about fellowshipping with your brethren.
And then there is the “Elephant in the Room” concept that is in the back of many of our people’s minds. The concept that they are kind of “safe” because they are with, in their minds at least, “THE GROUP” that is favored by God. No one talks about it, hey they didn’t talk about it in World Wide either, but it was there never the less.
Take the two concepts above and then combine that with the Laodicean mindset that is so prevalent and you can begin to see why there may well be a famine of hearing the word of God even among His own people.
Rev 3:15  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 
Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 
Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 
These folks think that they have need of nothing! That, my friends, is the precursor to a closed mind. That is why you see the scripture below so prevalent when speaking to the Laodiceans;
Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 
We have to begin to hear what Christ is saying. That is why He is KNOCKING on our door. To get our attention to wake us up so for us at least there will not be a famine of hearing the word of God.
Rise up brethren, wake up, answer the door while He is still there.