Daily Archives: July 4, 2019
God bless the USA! Happy 4th!
We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Amos was a prophet and sheepbreeder. He lived in Tekoa in Judah, near Jerusalem. The theme of his book is God’s justice and is particularly relevant for affluent societies in all generations.
This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Moab,
Make Good Choices! | Marianne Toovey
Amos had just declared God’s judgement over six Gentile nations, and now He turns to His own people. The ones who knew better. The ones being held to a higher standard because they actually had a personal relationship with Him. But because they too have disobeyed in the same ways that the Gentiles did, they were going to receive the same destructive punishment.
I hold my daughter to a higher standard than other children. I may not like how a child is behaving, and there have been times where I’ve had to step in, but ultimately, what other kids do isn’t my problem. Not my circus, not my monkeys. But oh boy! When my own kid starts misbehaving, I have little mercy. She knows better. She’s been under my rule her whole entire existence. And it’s the same with God. I know better. I know I should choose love, not rage. I know I should choose compassion, not judgement. I know I should worship God, not money. But sometimes I still choose poorly. And since I’m held to a higher standard, the fall is a lot farther. In the same way that my daughter tries to make good choices to avoid punishment from me, I need to make godly choices to avoid punishment from Him!
Father God, You are my Heavenly Father. I know You want what’s best for me, that You know what’s best for me better than I do, and that it hurts you when I deviate from that plan. Thank You for Your forgiveness, Your, mercy and grace, and Your love. Thank You for teaching me and guiding me to make good choices throughout my day. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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