You know the basic rule of cause and effect: every action has an equal and opposite reaction. You have probably seen this be true in different areas of life, and that is no different in how we relate to God.
In Amos 3, God is warning that judgment is imminent on Israel.
Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt: “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. (Amos 3:1-2 ESV)
The passage goes on to list a series of questions designed to lead the people of Israel to understand how their actions of disobedience have brought about the harsh judgment that is coming to them. The coming judgment of the Lord is not on accident or coming out of no where, it is an effect of their disobedience.
Verses 9-11 show what the judgment would look like. Samaria at that point was the capital city of Israel, and for their capitol to fall would mean trouble. As strong of a city as Samaria was, its natural strength was nothing without the sovereign and supernatural protection of God.
Your sin and my sin has consequences. Yes, there is grace, but even with forgiveness, the consequences of sin can still be present. We should be thankful today, that though grace does not take away the practical consequences of sin, it does take away the eternal damnation of sin. The consequences of the cross are far more positive than the consequences of sin are negative.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice