“In Amos’s day the most severe punishment to fall on the people of God was a “famine . . . of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11). There is no calamity like the silence of God. We cannot know God himself unless God speaks to us. Every true Christian should feel deep in his bones an utter dependence on God’s self-revelation in the Scriptures. Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4)” (Kevin DeYoung, Taking God At His Word, 21).