Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 1 - Amos 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Amos 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • You know it's getting serious when God calls a group of people "fat cows," as he does in the first verse of this chapter. 
  • God continues to use Amos to warn the Israelites. The Israelites have become obsessed with their own success and comfort, neglecting the way of life God called them to. God warns them that calamity will befall them if they do not change their ways.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The Israelites didn't mean to neglect God. They drifted away from making him a priority because they gradually started to ignore his work in their life, instead attributing their success to themselves or their ancestors or even idols.
  • When life is good or we achieve accomplishments, it's easy to forget our gratefulness to God.
  • We need to consistently remind ourselves of how God has worked in our lives, and allow him to show us areas where our own pride may be replacing our dependence on him. If we are not intentional about this, we can drift away from the life God wants for us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • If you look at what has happened in your life recently, are there any areas where you have given yourself credit for something God equipped you to do? Maybe you got a promotion at work, or moved to a better location, or made meaningful new friendships. 
  • Thank God for what he has allowed you to do, and talk to him about any areas where you might have taken credit that belongs to him. Ask him to show you how you can use these situations to glorify him, and for opportunities to tell others about what God has done for you.