Daily Bible Reading – Amos 4-6; Psalms 86,87; Titus 1
Today’s Key Passage – Amos 4:6-13
Amos was a shepherd from Judah who was sent by God to prophesy to the northern kingdom of Israel. At the time, Israel was a powerful nation with a good economy, but the nation was also spiritually corrupt, so God sent prophets to try to convince the Israelites to repent. As you read his words, you will notice the boldness of Amos and the directness of his words. He feared no king or priest in this world, and he spoke the words of God with honesty and integrity. He denounced the sin of all of Israel’s neighbors, likely to the delight of his Israelite audience, before turning his attention to Israel itself and denouncing their sins before God. In today’s key passage, Amos is talking to the Israelites about their stubbornness in the eyes of the Lord. Speaking through His prophet, God declares that He used many methods to attempt to draw His people back to Him. He sent famine to their lands, but the Israelites would not repent. He sent drought to their lands, but the Israelites would not repent. He sent pestilence to their lands, but the Israelites would not repent. God even sent plagues and death to their lands and replaced some of the leaders, but still the Israelites would not repent. No matter what God tried, the Israelites remained an evil nation filled with sinfulness. What was God to do? He answered that question in verses 12 and 13 when He said, “‘Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.’ He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth—the LORD God Almighty is his name.” After constantly refusing to return to God, the Israelites were reminded that they were going to have to face God.
When I read this passage, I cannot help but think of our world today. After repeated warnings, signs, and evidence of the glory of God, there are still many people who refuse to repent. Despite all that God did in sending His only Son to create a bridge between the sinful world and the perfect Father, there are still many people who refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Despite all that the Bible says, there are still many “Christians” who choose to live by the standards of this world instead of living by God’s standards. My prayer today is that everyone in this world will be reminded that we will all have to face God. Whether we like it or not, we all must prepare to meet our God. That day is coming for all of us. Are you, your family, and your friends prepared to meet the Lord?
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