June 29, 2015 (Amos 4-6; Psalm 86-87; Titus 1)
From the Life Journal of Adam Proux:
Scripture: “What sorrow awaits you who say, “if only the day of the Lord were here!” You have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will bring darkness, not light.” (Amos 5:18 NLT)
Observation: Amos was sent by God to confront the Northern Kingdom of Israel with their sin and warn them of the coming judgment of God. He did not go to them with a warm, fuzzy message of passiveness, but rather with a stern message of conviction and discipline. He pointed out their many sins publicly, in their very presence, and called for repentance. Because the people ignored and rejected God’s warnings they would now face God’s judgment. “If only the day of The Lord were here!” many exclaimed, but Amos reminds them they knew not what they wished for. The day of God’s judgment will not be a joy filled day for the majority. In fact, it will be a day of darkness like no other time before, and no other time again. Amos provides us a clear understanding of the importance of heeding God’s warnings.
Application: There are so many warnings written for our benefit within the pages of God’s Word. Yet, we seem so easily to ignore His warnings and rush blindly to the destruction ahead. The Word of God clearly testifies how terrible the “Day of The Lord” will be, and yet we find ourselves at times actually wishing for it. But why do we wish for that day? Is it because of our great love for God and His righteousness? Or is it because we desire to see our enemies punished for their sins! The “Day of The Lord” will be an awful day when it comes. God’s wrath will be poured out like never before. There will be weeping, and gnashing of teeth. A painful day of punishment we wouldn’t wish upon our worst enemy. While the true follower of Christ looks forward to being with Him forever, I believe we should solemnly meditate on what the “Day of The Lord” will look like for most. Maybe then we would be moved with more compassion to truly be concerned about those bound by the chains of sin.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for not meditating more about the coming day of your judgment. Your Word is clear how horrible that day will be. Fill me with the courage, and compassion, you filled Amos with. Teach me to speak words of truth that warn, convict, and lead to repentance. Thank you for your mercy and grace, how truly amazing they are! Thank you for your patience towards us. In Jesus name, Amen!