March 27, 2012

Today you should read: Amos 3

Parents discipline their own children much differently than they would a child who is not their own.  A loving parent who sees their kid do something wrong is going to lovingly discipline them.  As children of God, Israel is about to get some major parental discipline.

In verse 2a, God said, “You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth.”God is proclaiming His “fatherhood” over Israel.  In the second part of the verse it says, “Therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.” As a father of His chosen nation, He is going to bring discipline to them for the areas where they’ve been “mischievous.”   This is the main theme of the chapter.

This chapter sparked three main thoughts as I read it.

  1. As a child of God, I have a Father who loves me enough to discipline me.  I sometimes, unfortunately, see God as this cosmic killjoy who wants to take away all of my fun. (I’m sure some of you parents have children that see you the same way because you discipline them and make rules.)  But when I understand why God has made certain rules and standards, I realize that He has my best interests in mind.  His standards are for my protection and provision, and when I go against His standards, I am thankful that He disciplines me.  I’m reminded of the saying, “God loves me and accepts me the way I am, but He loves me too much to let me stay that way.”
  1. There are consequences for my sin. There’s not a more miserable person on earth than a Christian who is living in disobedience to God.  When a Christian knows what is right, but unrepentantly does the opposite, it is really interesting and sad to watch as they slowly shrivel away spiritually.  You and I both have likely seen friends or family members walk strongly with God, but when sin creeps in and they give in to it continually without confessing it, it’s really sad to see them turn into an aimless, hopeless, restless person.  God will allow that aimlessness, hopelessness, and restlessness to serve as discipline in order to point the person back to Himself.  This was the state of the Israelites at the time.
  1. Every temptation and choice is an opportunity to please God. I hate when I am watching TV and my 19 month-old son grabs the remote and turns the channel.  On the other hand, I am really happy with him when he picks the remote up and then gives it to me in obedience.  He knows he isn’t supposed to turn the channel, but it’s his choice to make whether he will be obedient or not and please — or frustrate — me.  When temptation comes, or I have a choice to make, I have an opportunity to please or disobey God.  The Israelites were going to be disciplined because they had made wrong choices and displeased God.  I desire all of my choices to please my Heavenly Father.

As you reflect today…

  • Think about how loving a Father we have that He would care to discipline us.
  • Think about how our sin has consequences.
  • Decide today to please God when temptation arises today and with the choices you make.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “March 27, 2012”

  1. Wonderful message this morning! God is wonderful!
    I look forward each day to Jumpstart. Have a blessed day, CPC staff! 🙂

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