Scripture-Amos 6:1-8; 8:4-12; Zephaniah 3:9-20
1Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
2Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
3Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
4That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
5That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
6That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
8The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.
King James Version (KJV)
4Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
5Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
6That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
7The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
8Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
9And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
10And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
King James Version (KJV)
9For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
10From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
11In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
12I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
13The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
14Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
15The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
16In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
17The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
18I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
19Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
20At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.
Although each Christian’s walk with God is personal, what is shows to the world really tells how close to God that person is. A Christian has to be a Christian every day in, and out, of church. They can’t praise God on Sunday, sitting on a pew, singing hymns, and the rest of the week, act like the world, just to fit in, not to offend anyone. A Christian’s actions tells the world how deeply devoted they are to God. What does your actions show the world? Do you act the same at the grocery store to people, as you do at church? Do you treat your family at home as nice as you treat your church family? Everything we do comes from the heart. The heart gives life to us, and if God is not in our hearts, fully, he’s not in us at all.
Have we become complacent in our walk with God? When we got save, we were all fired up, ready to go out, and talk to anyone we met about what Jesus did for us when he saved us. We looked for work to do for the Lord, we pitched in when needed, helped talked to fellow Christians, when they were burdened about something. Do we do that now? Do we ask God, “Who you want me to do?” or say, “Show me where you want to to go.” Has the “honeymoon” period worn off? Do you have your nice comfy groove imprinted on the church pew, where even God can no longer get you to move? Remember God blesses us with all the comforts we have, it’s not something we deserve, and it can be taken away in an instant. Just like the last hurricane took away our electricity for days, which caused us to be uncomfortable, lose food, etc., we need to realise we could’ve lost a lot more. Over 100 people lost their lives, much more lost their homes or had damages to their homes. When are we going to start appreciating God’s blessings in our lives?
Don’t you hate it when you hear of a big company selling out to another, and leaving many people without jobs? That has been happening more, and more, often over the years. Everyone is after the almighty dollar, not caring who they trample on in their race to own it all. the ones who have, want more, they are never happy with what they have. I see nothing wrong with bettering yourself, making a comfortable living to supports you, and your family, but too many times, the people striving for betterment, forget their goal, and want it all. They don’t care who they step on, on the way to the top, or who they use to get there. Thank God he has a solution, and has from the beginning of time. In Mark 9:35, Jesus said, “If and man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, ans servant of all.” So, you see, I don’t mind being last, here on earth, because I know when I get to Heaven, everything will equal out as God has always said.
Always remember, no matter what people may do to you, how they may treat you, talk bad about you, God sees and hears all. He wraps his loving arms around His children, comforting them when they need it, giving them strength, when they feel they have no more to go on. God will defend His people, and defeat their enemies, as long as we keep looking to Him, and trusting in His unchanging hands. Those that torment God’s people will be punished! Can you imaging how wonderful it’ll be for all us Christians when God finally takes Satan,a nd casts him forever in Hell, hot to torment His people anymore! I know there will be on of the loudest shouts of praise in Heaven when that day comes. But, until then, let’s just press on, keeping our eyes on God, trusting in His loving mercy to see us through all our trials and tribulations.