Daily Archives: July 5, 2019

July 5 – Amos 3

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.

Amos 3

Witnesses Summoned Against Israel

Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
“You only have I chosen
    of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
    for all your sins.”
Do two walk together
    unless they have agreed to do so?
Does a lion roar in the thicket
    when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den
    when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground
    when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
    if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet sounds in a city,
    do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city,
    has not the Lord caused it?
Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
    without revealing his plan
    to his servants the prophets.
The lion has roared—
    who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—
    who can but prophesy?
Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod
    and to the fortresses of Egypt:
“Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria;
    see the great unrest within her
    and the oppression among her people.”
10 “They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,
    “who store up in their fortresses
    what they have plundered and looted.”
11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“An enemy will overrun your land,
    pull down your strongholds
    and plunder your fortresses.”
12 This is what the Lord says:
“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s mouth
    only two leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued,
    with only the head of a bed
    and a piece of fabric from a couch.”
13 “Hear this and testify against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.
14 “On the day I punish Israel for her sins,
    I will destroy the altars of Bethel;
the horns of the altar will be cut off
    and fall to the ground.
15 I will tear down the winter house
    along with the summer house;
the houses adorned with ivory will be destroyed
    and the mansions will be demolished,”
declares the Lord.

SOAP Note

Where Is God? | Marianne Toovey & Kathy Page

Scripture

Amos 3:6

Observation

When disaster strikes, we often ask, “Where is God?” And when we say that God was there, we wonder, “How can a loving God let this happen?” These are hard questions to answer, but there are consequences to sin. Just like a loving parent has to occasionally punish a child, our Loving Father also must bring down punishment on us for our wrongdoing. He still loves us, just like we still love our children. But we must show them the error of their ways, and that’s precisely what God is doing for us as well. He is bringing us back to Him, setting us on the right path once more.

Application

I like to blame God for the things that happen in my life that don’t go my way. And well, I mean, He did allow these things to happen but who’s really at fault here? Me. I’m the one who decided it’s my way or the highway, and He stepped in and reminded me that His way is the Highway! So when things are getting stressful and I’m trying to point fingers, maybe I should look at the other fingers pointing back at me. What am I doing that has gotten me off the right path?

Prayer

Father, You are our Loving Father. Sometimes that means correction when we don’t necessarily want it, but we trust that You know what You’re doing better than we do! It’s always for our own good. Thank You for loving us enough to do what needs to be done to keep us on the straight and narrow road. We love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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