“Prophets are not usually very popular people. Amos wasn’t wanted. He wasn’t even welcomed. But he had to bring the word of the Lord to Israel no matter how much Amaziah didn’t want it. This incident demonstrates another truth.. the harshest critics, and the most vigorous opponents of any true prophet, man or woman of God, will always be found among the religious people who should be among the first to hear and welcome the message. So it was, so it is, and so it will be until the Son of God returns. If you bring the word of God, your most virulent opponents will be found among the ranks of other professing Christians”.
Pastor John Stoper
My bible reading today was from the book of Amos. How many of you have actually ever read the book of Amos. Years ago, I read this book, and was struck by the following verse found in 5:2.
New International Version
“Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up.”
When I read it, the phrase Israel’s Rising popped into my head. At the time, I was working with a youth band in our church and I immediately thought it would be an awesome band name. However, I simply filed it away in my brain, along with countless other phrases, ideas and projects I’ve had over the years, convinced they are there for a future purpose whenever the time is right.
I haven’t read the book of Amos again since, until my devotional took me there this week….
What does the prophet Amos tell us that we need to hear today?
“Let justice roll down like a river”
God uses natural disasters to get the attention of His people. Does He have our attention? If not, is He trying to let you know something?
Pay attention, friends. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Be blessed today, my friends.