March 28, 2012

Today you should read: Amos 4

Good morning faithful JumpStarters!  I hope you’re enjoying our walk through the Minor Prophets.
Today’s reading – Amos 4 is a strong one.  Can we say that God is U-P-S-E-T with Israel!
Here’s a quick outline of the chapter to prepare you for your reading…

  1. God condemns Israel for their unrepentant spirit.  It’s a HARSH rebuke.  (v.1-5)
  1. God shows Israel’s lack of obedience and open rebellion. (v. 6-13)

Remember God’s promise to Israel?  Over and over He promised to bless them if they would simply obey Him.  And bless He did… He defeated enemies, released them from slavery, prospered them financially, blessed them with children, and gave them a land…  So what happened?  Why are we reading about the wrath of God toward His people?

REBELLION

This is a state when we turn from God and His commands and begin to live life for ourselves – our way.  We make our own decisions and do what pleases us.  When we first begin – we feel horribly convicted (and so did Israel) – but the longer we stay at it – the harder our hearts become.  We quickly reach a place where we are unrepentant – we don’t want to change – we don’t care about God’s will or God’s way.  This is a VERY dangerous place to be – it’s where we find Israel in chapter 4.

Over and over God says… you would not return to me.  (verses 6,8,9,10,11!!)

God is the God of 2nd, 3rd, and 100th chances.  His kindness and grace are overwhelming – but don’t confuse His grace with permissiveness.  There is an end to the chain.  God is full of grace – but He’s also full of truth (John 1:14).  He’s loving AND he’s just.

He tells Israel in verse 12:

Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced.
 Prepare to meet your God in judgment, you people of Israel!

In what ways does this describe you?  Are you broken and obedient before the Lord or are you harboring a heart of rebellion.  What do you need to repent of and surrender to God today?

Ignoring God’s warning signs is very dangerous.  Many a sailor lies at the bottom of the ocean because they failed to act on what they saw in the sky… many drivers have ended in a burning inferno as their cars plummeted over a cliff – simply because they ignored the BRIDGE OUT or ROAD CLOSED signs.

What is God saying to you today?  What are you going to do?  Run from Him or to Him?

Posted by: Tim Parsons

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.

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