Read Amos 5:14
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; so the Lord God of hosts will be with you, as you have spoken.
God’s people in Amos’ day were confident God was with them. But God thought differently.
Throughout Amos 5 the Lord recounts all the ways His people have gone astray and done evil.
- You who turn justice to wormwood
- Lay righteousness to rest in the earth
- They hate the one who rebukes in the gate
- They abhor the one who speaks uprightly
- They tread down the poor and take grain taxes from them
- They afflict the just
- They take bribes
- They divert the poor from justice at the gate
- They carried idols they made for themselves with them
The people of God no longer followed Him. Their actions spoke clearly. They hated justice, truth, and righteousness. Instead they were greedy for gain, taking bribes, and worshipping man-made idols rather than God, who saved them.
Sad as this sounds, it may apply to us as well. So let’s ask some tough questions of ourselves.
- Do we really care about justice for everyone?
- Do we cringe when someone speaks the truth?
- Are we all about what we can get for ourselves?
- Do we make it difficult for those who do follow God?
- Is there anything taking God’s place in our hearts?
The answers to the above questions can identify sin in our life. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict your heart of sin, of righteousness, and of coming judgment. Remember, even not doing these things can be sin. For example, turning a blind eye to an obvious injustice, pretending someone else will care for the poor, and avoiding listening to the truth.
As ungodly behaviors and attitudes are revealed, take them to God in prayer. Pray something like this:
Father God thank you for your faithfulness to forgive and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I confess I have _____________________________________. Please forgive me. Turn my heart to you and align my will to yours. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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