Passage: Amos 5:18-27
Verse: Amos 5:24 (NIV 2011)
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
This passage speaks of the Day of the Lord. Let us not be confused about what the Scriptures tell us. Today’s passage begins with Amos 5:18 by telling us woe to you who long for the day of the Lord! Then asks us why do you long for the day of the Lord? We are reminded that day will be darkness, not light. However, we also are told, as 2 Peter 3:13 records, that in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
According to The Expositor’s Bible Commentary,
“The day of the LORD thus represents the whole series of events beginning with the outpouring of God’s judgment during the Great Tribulation and continuing until the final transformation with the new heavens and new earth (2 Peter 3:10).”
“But the day that begins in the darkness of wrath breaks forth into the glory of divine blessing (cf. Isa 60:2). God’s judgment of wickedness is for the purpose of delivering the righteous and establishing his rule in which his glory is manifest for the blessedness of all creation. Even nature will be freed from the bondage of the curse (Isa 11).”1
May we be reminded of what the Lord requires… act justly, with mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord. In the end, He will let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)
1Saucy, Robert L. “A. The Hope of the World” In The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Volume 1. 107. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, © 1979.