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October 10 – The Truth Of God’s Judgments

“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; who makes destruction flash forth against the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress. They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. 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.”  Amos 5:8-12

Devotional Thought For The Day

It is rather astonishing that people who should know the LORD, His awesome power and might, and His complete autonomy in governing the affairs of man, would behave in such a manner.  These people, ancient Israelites, rejected the ministry of God’s Word, the truth, they trampled the poor with unjust taxation, they persecuted and afflicted the righteous, those who were true believers in Messiah, they were taking bribes, selling power and influence for personal gain, and they rejected the pleas of the needy with no pity for their plight.  In many respects, this all sounds rather modern.

The fact is, no one who truly knows the LORD can continue in this kind of behavior.  To the degree that the rich and powerful are pressing similar agendas today indicates their lack of knowledge of God, the only True and Living God, and our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There will be consequences for all of this – if not in this life then certainly in the great judgment. To the degree that we are infected with these same sinful sentiments – favoring the privileged and having no pity on the poor, we might want to get to know the LORD a bit better.  For the same values are at times expressed and pushed even within the church – and there are always some who are willing to “afflict” the righteous, those who are true believers in Christ, for the sake of their own sinful pride, arrogance, and lust for power.

The call of Amos and of all of God’s true prophets is one of repentance – and it includes the promise of forgiveness, mercy, and cleansing, to create and strengthen faith in God’s goodness and love. Such faith in God, knowledge of His goodness and love, is transforming – so that we love as He has loved us. This transformation negates the sinful behaviors described in these verses – those who truly know and believe God’s love for us in Christ Jesus cannot be involved in crushing the poor, ignoring the needy, and afflicting the righteous.

So let us heed the call of His prophets, those who reprove and speak the truth.  There is full forgiveness and pardon for all our sins, and the blessedness of walking with the LORD in His righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, and the goodness of reflecting His love in all we do. Pray that we do not hate and abhor His Word – for those who insist upon plunging themselves into this kind of cold, calloused, darkness will come under God’s punitive judgment [sooner or later].  Pray God’s mercy on those whose wickedness is described in these verses, that perhaps they too might come to repentance and turn to justice and decency. Consider the description of God’s power, and have no doubts that He can do exactly what He promises.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we know that You do not desire the death of the wicked, but that he turn from His ways and live. Remove all darkness of greed and selfishness from our hearts, through Your forgiveness and love, and enable us to take up Your agenda for human being.  Preserve all people from the plagues and affliction of the rich and powerful, and preserve Your dear people of faith.  Amen.