Recently I have been preaching a sermon series on four famines in the Bible. Most famines in the Bible related to an extreme scarcity of food. There were other shortages recorded in the Bible that were called famines. The basic meaning of famine is an extreme shortage of something.

Most of us have experienced extreme shortages of some things. Shortages of paper products. Shortages of certain types of food products. Unavailability of new vehicles because of a microchip shortage. These shortages have created a scarcity of patience and, in some cases, finances.

All of us experience famines in our lives. We may miss affection or communication in our marriage. We may have a lack of money because of a loss of job or health issues. We may feel isolated from relationships, or we may feel like God is a million miles away. You are not alone.

We cannot avoid some famines in our lives. They are a part of the natural order of life. Seasons come, and seasons go. Other situations can be corrected or adjusted, and we can escape the famine much quicker. Here are my 5 Thursday Thoughts on things you can do to survive a famine.

Reflect

When we find ourselves in difficult places, one of the most effective tools is to reflect. I have found that when I look back, I can see things I could have done differently. Certain decisions I made could be the cause of the difficult time I find myself in. I may not be able to change the current situation, but I can learn from the process to avoid repeating the same mistakes.

Consult

Proverbs says there is value in a multitude of counselors. Mentors are great assets-people who you can consult in moments of crisis. They are usually not in the middle of your situation, so they can offer a perspective that you will not have. They very well may see a way out. Consultation should also include prayer. Talking to God can provide you with a divine direction that will guide you in your darkest moments.

Stop

There are two kinds of lists: things you need to do and things you don’t need to do. Most people need to spend more time on the “stop doing” list. Many of the situations we find ourselves in are because we have done too much. We worked too much, and it created trouble at home. We spent too much, and it created financial hardship. We talked too much, and it severed a relationship or cost us a job. We all have things we should find a way to stop and never do them again.

Start

There are other things we should start doing. For most, the best move is to stop certain things. For others, the struggle is to get moving. Starting new things can move you through your famine quicker. It may make you more productive. It might be something you are procrastinating on that has caused your dilemma. Knowing what to start and when to start is a valuable resource when working through difficult times.

Endure

Sometimes you just have to put your head down and push through. You are going through a season you did not create, nor can you change the outcome. You just have to be willing to endure. Endurance is a mark of a follower of Christ. We are told that those who endure to the end will be saved. Endurance is not fun, but sometimes it is the only option we have.

I am not sure what you are dealing with today. Making an application of one of these things may be what you need to make it through. No matter what, know that I am praying for you, and things will get better.