Passage: Amos 1:1-10
Verse: Amos 1:2a (NIV 2011)
The Lord roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem….
Amos was a prophet. He prophesied during the time when the Promise Land was divided into two kingdoms; Judah and Israel. The Bible chronicles the historical events that led up to the destruction of both kingdoms. Many lessons can be learned from the proclamations of the prophets. God’s prophets warned God’s people of the consequences of their unwillingness to repent – to turn from their sins and return to the Lord. The prophets foretold of a time of judgment. However, they also foretold of time when hope would be restored to God’s people. Are the times we live in much different than they were then? Are we much different from the people of Amos’ time? Will we heed the warnings found in the Scriptures any better than God’s people did then? May we proclaim the Word of the Lord, especially in troubling times. May we return to the Lord, our God, and walk in His ways. May we encourage others to do the same. May we cling to that future hope that He has promised us… even when in our darkest hours and darkest days. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)