Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [7/12]

Passage: Amos 2:13-3:6
Verse: Amos 3:2 (NIV 2011)
“You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”

We are still in that portion of the book of Amos that stings a bit or maybe even cuts us to the core.  Who would want to hear that the word the Lord has spoken against you?  We want to believe that God will always care for us, guide us, provide for us, and yes … He will always protect us.  Why do we believe this?  Because He told us He would do these things for us and we know God is faithful.  We know it takes two to have a relationship, so how about us?  Do we do what we say we will do?  Are we faithful?  When we decided we wanted to be one of God’s chosen people, we entered into a covenant with Him.  We want the benefits, but are we willing to hold up our end of the deal?  We are to love Him.  Do we?  How do show Him we love Him?  Could it be we are to listen and obey?  While the selected verse indicates God will punish us for our sins, we have a place of redemption, through Jesus Christ.  May we positively respond to the call of Christ!  In other places in Scripture it indicates that all God has to do for things to go horribly wrong on earth, and for us, is for Him to withdrawn His hand of protection from us, a people, or a nation.  People, because of their fallen nature, will do the rest.  It doesn’t take long for the things of this broken and fallen world to fall in around us when God yields to us and allows us to go our own way.  May we seek to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength… and then love our neighbor as ourselves?  May we show our love for Him through obedience… because we love Him, not because of the benefits we expect to receive.  If our relationship with the Lord, our God, is lacking, let us own our responsibility for maintaining the covenant.  May we step up to the plate, do our part, and be blessed.  (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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The River Run Church is affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene. We are located in the North Central Mission Area of the Maine District.
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