She has chosen the following quote for us to write on this week:
Since God's people had not given themselves over to the Lord and instead disobeyed, there would be judgment and consequences to follow. Amos warned them that they would be taken into captivity by a pagan nation. Then when they finally called upon the name of the Lord ...there would be silence.
The silence of God; not something I would want to have happen. Living in a time when I have the freedom to read the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament, I know that God speaks through His Word. But these people didn't have the Scriptures. They counted on the prophets to speak God's truth to them.
As I read the passages of Amos, I can't help but think of our current day and time period.
For years, we've lived in a time of great prosperity. But recently we've all been impacted one way or another by the declining economy. Many people are out of work. Others have lost their homes. Life has been turned upside down for many ...including me.
Why do we need to read about Amos' warning to the people of Israel?
After all, we live in a time of grace. Jesus paid the price for our sins. When we receive that gift in our hearts, we are free from condemnation.
But are we living a life of trust and obedience that comes from love?
Could it be that we are being warned today? What's really important in life? Consider these questions:
- Do you really need a bigger home or another outfit?
- Are material things becoming so important to you that you're missing out on relationships?
- Are you too busy to spend time with family or friends?
- Do you make the time to spend with the Lord each morning in prayer and reading the Bible?
- Are you more interested in being entertained in church with the music and sermon?
- Do you want to hear the truth of God's Word even if that includes the topic of sin?
- Do you treat others with respect and love?
- What happens when someone has an opinion that is different from your own?
- Do people in your neighborhood know that you're a Christian?
Trust and obey and be willing ...to reflect Jesus to others.
Blessings and love,