Daily Archives: July 5, 2019
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.
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:
2 “You only have I chosen
Where Is God? | Marianne Toovey & Kathy Page
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.
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?
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.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.