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July 6 – Amos 4

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 4

Israel Has Not Returned to God

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
    you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
    and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!”
The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness:
    “The time will surely come
when you will be taken away with hooks,
    the last of you with fishhooks.
You will each go straight out
    through breaches in the wall,
    and you will be cast out toward Harmon,”
declares the Lord.
“Go to Bethel and sin;
    go to Gilgal and sin yet more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
    your tithes every three years.
Burn leavened bread as a thank offering
    and brag about your freewill offerings—
boast about them, you Israelites,
    for this is what you love to do,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.
“I gave you empty stomachs in every city
    and lack of bread in every town,
    yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.
“I also withheld rain from you
    when the harvest was still three months away.
I sent rain on one town,
    but withheld it from another.
One field had rain;
    another had none and dried up.
People staggered from town to town for water
    but did not get enough to drink,
    yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.
“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,
    destroying them with blight and mildew.
Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees,
    yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.
10 “I sent plagues among you
    as I did to Egypt.
I killed your young men with the sword,
    along with your captured horses.
I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps,
    yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.
11 “I overthrew some of you
    as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire,
    yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.
12 “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,
    and because I will do this to you, Israel,
    prepare to meet your God.”
13 He who forms the mountains,
    who creates the wind,
    and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
    and treads on the heights of the earth—
    the Lord God Almighty is his name.

SOAP Note

Prepare to Meet Your God | Kathy Page

Scripture

Amos 4:12

Observation

No matter how God warned His people, through famine, blight, locusts, plagues or war – they still ignored Him. They didn’t get the message. (This all sounds so familiar today). Now, they would meet God face to face – in judgement. No longer would they ignore Him. This was a summons given to the children of Israel, “Prepare to meet your God.”  Spurgeon says, “Like a boxer preparing long and hard before stepping into the ring with a champion, so we must be prepared to step into the ring with God.” Were they prepared?

Application

Are we prepared to step into the ring with God? One day, we too will stand before Him to give an account of what we have done with what He has given us (2 Cor. 5:10). God will NOT be judging us for sins.  That would insult the Spirit of grace and the glory of the cross. The Blood of Jesus washed those sins away forever. We will never be judged for them again. This will be a judgment of evaluation. We need to prepare for that day. Do not let good things become hindrances to eternal things. How we live matters. How we spend our time matters. How we serve the Lord matters. He is watching. He is noticing, and one day, we will give an account. Let us live our lives from this day forward in the light of eternity. That we will hear those words from our Master, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Prayer

Father, I thank You that Your plans for me are perfect. Lord Jesus, I can never thank You enough for rescuing me from eternal death. Holy Spirit, I thank You for Your abiding, guiding presence. Search me and try me. See if there is any wicked way in me. Show me where I have neglected eternal things and lived for temporary things. Help me to live the kind of life that anticipates the Judgment Seat of Christ.  I want all You have for me in this age, and in the age to come. Help me to fulfill Your intended purpose for my life.  I surrender all to You, In Jesus’ Name.

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