April 22 & 23, 2017/Warning Bells

I can’t help but notice all the people walking around with bent heads and ear buds. They remind me a bit of grasshoppers. Half the time, I don’t think they even know where they are going. Is it any wonder that some are involved in accidents?

There are some times in your life when you put yourself on ‘auto pilot’ without even realizing it. You drive the same way to work. You walk the same path to school. You do it automatically–and only when something happens to interrupt your routine do you really pay attention.

Our spiritual life is a lot like that.

We get into habits.

We repeat the Lord’s prayer without thinking.

We attend church because we have always done so, or our families have always done so, or it’s the ‘thing to do’…not from the sense of thanksgiving and joy that we should have with which to gather with fellow believers and study God’s teachings.

Even in writing this blog, there is a part of me that rushes ahead rather than waiting to see what food God wants to provide for me.

The prophets weren’t given that kind of choice. Most of them had pretty severe directions from God as to how to warn His people about what would happen when they ‘forgot’ about His word and teachings. Some of those books are NOT easy reading and Amos is one of them. Israel had been living the good life. On the surface, they seemed pretty content with prosperity. Things were going well.

Beneath the surface, however, all was not as it should have been. There was a hidden vein of corruption that had infilitrated Israel all the way up and in to their religious leaders. They had turned away from Hosea’s warnings. Reading the book of Amos can be scary because you can glimpse the same attitude and problems that we are facing with Christians living today.

Amos 8:11-Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:

We would do well to take note of what the prophet Amos is warning. God delays His judgment only so long.

Christians need to study their ‘SOURCE’ rather than put all their trust in leaders…even religious ones.

Stay strong in the Lord by reading His word; practicing His commandments; praying for His guidance; relying on His strength; and coming to Him out of love rather than duty…..

Stay faithful.

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