Passage: Amos 2:6-12
Verse: Amos 2:7a (NIV 2011)
They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed.
We are told that the Lord will relentlessly judge and punish those that seek to hurt God’s people. However, we are also told that He will hold His own people accountable too. While we may not do the types of evil that some others, who do not know the Lord, might do, we do often fall short of God’s standards for right and holy living.
Do we trample on the heads of the poor… [or] deny justice to the oppressed? It is for those and other willful violations of God’s law that Jesus, the Christ, came to earth. It seems today’s passage speaks of some of the more subtle violations of God’s law [like the ones we might be tempted to sweep under the rug] as being the ones that God’s people sometimes seem to think they can still do… and yet remain judgment free. However, this passage also seems to tell us that even God’s people will have to give an account. Our God is forgiving. He is patient. He gives us many opportunities to respond positively toward Him, His ways, and His covenant with us. Our God is faithful, but he is holy and just. May we accept His offer of grace… a grace sufficient to repent and be changed. May we see our shortcomings, sweeping nothing under the rug, and cry out for His mercy. May we claim the promises found in Christ… to be redeemed and restored. May we walk humbly with the Lord, our God and be blessed in a special way today. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)