A Short Study of Job 5:20
“In famine he shall redeem thee from death.”
Famine here represents coming to nothing with regard to substance. God does not say that He will not send drought, but that when He does, He will redeem you in it. When others are starving and dying, the LORD will save thee (Psalm 37:25). Of course, as in all scripture, the primary significance of this is spiritual. “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). Is this famine not upon us? While we sit here people are watching movies in “churches” and being entertained on their way to Hell. Somewhere someone is tearing a phone book in half for “jesus,” instead of opening the Bible and finding out what God says about how a sinner is saved. Children are enjoying puppet shows and “christian clowns” and men, women and children are starving, dying and going to Hell for lack of hearing the words of the LORD.
BUT, “in famine He shall redeem thee from death.” If you are His, even in this terrible drought of truth, the Gospel will come to you and you shall drink. In the scorching desert of this religious world, God will bring you where His Christ is preached, and you will see the “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1). While others are parched and perishing, Christ will become in you “a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14), and you shall never thirst again.
The question is, are you thirsty? If you are, then even “in famine, he shall redeem you from death.”