“And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.” (Acts 11:27–28, NKJV)
In Greek, the name Agabus means “Locust.” It is interesting that he would be the prophet whom God would use to foresee a formidable famine. Locusts are insects usually associated with famine. In the prophecy of Joel, he describes a famine that had come upon the land: “What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.” (Joel 1:4, NKJV)
The prophet Haggai also spoke of famine: “You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”” (Haggai 1:6, NKJV)
The locust had taken away.
The reason? Because the people had neglected God and His temple. Although they had much, they were never satisfied because wealth or even a savings, without putting God first, leaves much to be desired. But God does not want to destroy, but to restore: “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:25–27, NKJV)
Haggai had warned them in the name of the LORD to consider their ways. If they would put God first and provide for the house of the LORD, He would provide for the people. The disciples did the same thing. They took up a collection for the poor and gave it to those in Jerusalem to distribute it.
Getting doesn’t satisfy as much as giving. Remember, Jesus said it was more blessed to give than to receive. May the LORD richly bless you and may you commit it all to the glory of God.