Friday, July 11, 2008

Doomsday!

July 11: Amos 1-5

6 Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
Amos 3:6

12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”

13 For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
and declares to man what is his thought,
who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!
Amos 4:12-13

8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
and turns deep darkness into the morning
and darkens the day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out on the surface of the earth,
the Lord is his name;
9 who makes destruction flash forth against the strong,
so that destruction comes upon the fortress.

10 They hate him who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor him who speaks the truth.

12 For I know how many are your transgressions
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and turn aside the needy in the gate.
13 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time,
for it is an evil time.

14 Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
as you have said.
15 Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Amos 5:8-10 & 12-15

Doomsday!

Who was Amos, the prophet? Amos was just a shepherd whom God called to prophesy against the nations during the reigns of Uzziah in Judah and Jeroboam II in Israel. During this time both kingdoms enjoyed political stability and prosperity.

Imagine how the people must have received his words. Was he crazy? Could he not just look around and see that the nations were prospering? So, why did he prophesy of coming doom?

Think about that as you read through the verses shown above. Is the United States in much the same situation? Prosperity abounds, and people hate those who dare to reprove. In the name of separation and state, God is being removed from the hearts and the minds of the people. Who is "foolish" enough to expect judgment to come to them from a God of love?

But, look at the words of this God!

Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?

“Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”


For I know how many are your transgressions
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and turn aside the needy in the gate.


Pray today, that as a Christian you will not be duped into complacency, but rather that you will obey the words of Amos 5:14 & 15.

14 Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
as you have said.
15 Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph
.


This reminds me of two verses from Galatians 6.

7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

God Bless You,
Linda Croft

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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