READING: Amos 1
Although Amos lived in Judah (Tekoa was twelve miles south of Jerusalem), he was sent by God as a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel: “I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and grower of sycamore figs. But the Lord took me from following the flock and the Lord said to me, ‘Go prophesy to My people Israel’” (7:14–15).
Amos, like James in the New Testament, did not mince his words, but delivered a series of sharp and incisive declarations and images that arouse the conscience and require a response. This book is relevant to our times because it was addressed to a materialistic culture that fostered greed, injustice, and arrogance. It is a word of warning that such a culture cannot continue for long without being diminished by divine judgment.
Lord, I serve an awesome and holy God, and I must order my steps before You in repentance and righteousness. May I make a difference in my time by expressing Your righteousness in the way I live and relate to others.
Meditation passage: verse 2