Holiness and Joy Part Two
A continued study through the book of Amos
“I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places, yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. 7 “I also withheld the rain from you when there were yet three months to the harvest; I would send rain on one city, and send no rain on another city; one field would have rain, and the field on which it did not rain would wither; 8 so two or three cities would wander to another city to drink water, and would not be satisfied; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. 9 “I struck you with blight and mildew; your many gardens and your vineyards, your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. 10 “I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, and carried away your horses, and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. 11 “I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. 12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” 13 For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!
Here we see the hardhearted nature of the human race. In spite of the fact that God has warned His people, and that He has sent pestilence and famines, His people will not turn toward Him. Some see these actions as mean spirited and even sinfully evil of God. This is how the human heart thinks. We never see our own sin from God’s eyes, only from our own perspective, and the prophets allow us to see clearly from god’s perspective; a perspective that we internally hate with a passion, which is why we so often react to what He is doing in the world and in our lives with such disdain.
In reality though, it is these actions that demonstrate God’s love toward His people, much like the just punishment of a parent to a child for their own good. We just don’t get it when we view God from our warped and depraved minds, but when our eyes are opened to His reality, we see clearly His way is truly glorious for Him and for all of those of His creation. We cannot look at our own circumstances and then create our view of God from it, rather we need to understand who God is and understand our circumstances through Him. Apart from a work of God in our lives, we will never turn to Him or see our circumstances and calamities from His loving eyes.
- How do you sometime judge God?
- What are some of the things that frustrate us about God?
- Why do we look at calamity in this world and blame it on Him?
- Why do we ignore God’s warnings in scripture?