In time of Amos’ prophesies, it seemed that Israel and Judah both had turned their backs on the Lord. They pretended to be faithful and went through the motions of worship, but the Lord said he hated their sacrifices. Why? Because of how they were living out their lives…oppressing the poor, living immoral lives, worshipping other gods.
How do I live out my life? Am I a stench in the Lord’s nostrils, or do I offer a fragrance of thanksgiving?
That’s something to think about as I wobble my way through this journey. How does the Lord view me? I so want His approval!
My favorite verses from tonight’s reading are, by far, these that follow:
He who forms the mountains,
creates the wind,
and reveals his thoughts to man,
he who turns dawn to darkness,
and treads the high places of the earth—
the LORD God Almighty is his name.
I love verses like those because they remind me of Who God Is and just how mighty and magnificent is His power and might and glory. No matter what happens with me in my life…whether I’m feeling content or down…the LORD God Almighty is God, who never changes. There is comfort in that fact that just as he turns dawn into darkness, he turns darkness into day.