Sunday, September 8, 2019

September 8 - Amos 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Amos 6. 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?)
  • The first half of today’s chapter describes some of the pride and sense of security the people of Israel felt about themselves. The pain and suffering happening around them didn’t affect them personally and so they felt the way they chose to live their lives must be fine.
  • They were content to lounge around, eat the most delectable foods, and use the finest beauty products (see verse 4, 6). They had no sympathy or sadness in their hearts for the destruction of their neighbors.
  • Many believed that because they were in God’s city, they would be safe. Amos reminded them of all the cities who had been just as strong and glorious as Zion and still were destroyed. In the second half of the chapter, God promised he would deliver his punishment against all of them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God loves to see you succeed, but it's important that you don't forget him in your accomplishments. His anger looms over vanity and pride (and it should).
  • External prosperity, gated communities, an overflowing bank account; none of these things will soothe God’s displeasure if your heart isn’t genuine.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Does your sense of security come from God or do you look for it elsewhere? Maybe you feel like you haven’t achieved success yet but is there an aspect of your life where you’re making progress? Take moment and thank God for creating you with the abilities you have that allow you to work towards accomplishing your goals. Ask him to help you remember that he is with you on every step of your journey.