Sunday, September 15, 2019

Amos 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Amos 8. 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 merchants (versus 5-6) were keeping the special days God had asked them to, but then went right back to sinning against God and people by doing unethical things.
  • The people had been ignoring God's Word, so God makes a promise (verses 11-12) that He will stop speaking to them. They will need His wisdom and direction, but it will no longer be available.
  • Not having God's Word will lead the people (verses 13-14) to an emptiness they cannot fill.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The merchants were hypocrites, honoring God with their "religion" but sinning against Him the rest of the time. Too many people today show up at church on Sunday, then live a life that doesn't honor God the rest of the week. We need to live the same all the time, and all the time live in a way that honors God. These verses from the New Testament book of Colossians should guide us:
    • "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17).
    • "So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way" Colossians 1:10).
  • We have God's Word available to us - in a more black and white and easier to access way than the Israelites did way back in Amos' day - but too often we ignore it. We don't read our Bibles consistently, or we skip church services where God's Word is taught, or perhaps we do expose ourselves to God's Word but don't apply it to our lives. We need God's wisdom and direction and need to access it, being appreciative that it is so readily available.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you live the same, do you live for God, whether it's Sunday morning at church, Monday morning at work, or Friday night with your friends? God deserves for you to live for Him every moment of every day AND it is the best life you can live.
  • You made a great decision when you took time to read the Bible today! Continue to make reading the Bible a daily habit. It will give you wisdom, direction, intimacy with God and ... it will change your life.