Suggested Reading: Amos 3-4
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Key Verses: Amos 3:7, 4:13
Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
He who forms mountains,
And creates the wind,
Who declares to man what his thought is,
And makes the morning darkness,
Who treads the high places of the earth–
The Lord God of hosts is His name.
Some believe that God as the Creator has abandoned His creation, hanging the world on nothing (Job 26:7), and then He proceeded to move to another part of the cosmos. Amos makes it clear that God has been involved in the past, is involved in the present, and will be involved in the future! There is a movie currently in the theatres called, God Is Not Dead, (saw it last evening-theatre was packed) that makes the point of God’s continued presence! Our first key verse states that the Lord is constantly communicating with us. He wants us to listen! Amos feels compelled to “Prophesy” (speak out what he has had revealed to him), “The Lord God has spoken, who can but prophesy!” (3:8b).
Our second key verse is not only stating the fact of God’s creation, but it shows that Amos is worshipping God for Who He is! The exercise of prophesying is not just foretelling but “forthtelling,” speaking of God’s greatness as we worship Him. Both chapters, Amos 3 & 4, begin with the word, “Hear!” Are we listening carefully, and are we, for example, doing the opposite to Amos 4:1? Are we doing our best to lift up the poor and needy? God cares intensely! During the entirety of these blogs, now 670 of them, we have paid attention to “repetition”…God’s way of making His point strongly. There are five repetitions of the words, “Yet you have not returned to Me, says the LORD!!!” This reveals the heart of God longing for closeness with His people.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I return to YOU! I run into Your open arms as Your wayward child! I pray that I will continually remain 24/7 in Your loving, strong embrace, hearing Your voice as I read Your Word, and doing that which pleases You. I pray this through the Person Who always pleased You, Father, Your Son and my Saviour, Jesus! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m here in Florida in a seniors mobile home park. There are dozens of lakes here in Lakeland, and therefore a variety of ducks. A duck with only one leg hopped by our place a couple of days ago. Either he got too close to a snapping turtle, perhaps an alligator, or he flew too low over the warehouse of “The Duck Commander.” Whatever happened to him? I thought that this was not the Creator’s plan for this particular duck. Yesterday, a flock of “red-billed black bellied whistlers” landed on our little back porch. Norma-Jean called me to quietly approach the window and I marvelled at God’s creation of ducks. God has a plan for me. Of course, it’s different than His plan for those ducks, and sometimes I feel like that one-legged duck. I’m not fully what God created me to be. I made an appointment with Pastor Blackburn last Tuesday and asked for his counsel. Ever since I passed the two-year mark (the doctor diagnosed me with a terminal illness, MDS acute leukaemia,and that my demise would be two weeks ago), I’ve been somewhat frustrated, because I don’t have a clear understanding of the reason why God has extended my life. I’ve read again the story of Hezekiah, whose life was extended 15 years by God and the application of a poultice over the area infected. but during those years he did something really stupid. I ask for the prayers of all my blog family! I would appreciate any counsel I can get. Pastor Blackburn was very helpful, and I intend to read any counsel from fellow bloggers.
Yours for completing all 730 blogs (two years’ worth) by June 2, 2014!
P.S. Below is Norma-Jean’s photo of the ducks roosting on the railing of our back porch (our screen door messed up the photo a bit, but opening it would’ve scared them away!) I was at the Tampa airport two days ago picking up or daughter Ellen Shaheen, and I noticed in the bookstore the book, “How Jesus Became God.” The Christian response to that book, published on the same day, is co-authored by Dr. Craig Evans, “How God Became Jesus.” Dr. Evans is often on our 100 Huntley Street TV program. HERE is the recent interview about that book. I recommend the purchase of Dr. Evans’ book from our e-store (click here for ordering information).