The Story - God's Messengers
As we read chapter 15 of The Story this week, it didn’t take long to notice that the Lord called and used some unique personalities to serve as His prophets. One of them was a shepherd named Amos. Amos was fed up that God’s people had no love for their neighbors, took advantage of the poor, and only looked out for their own concerns. So more than any other book in the Bible, the book of Amos holds God’s people accountable for their ill-treatment and injustice toward others.
To be sure, injustice still permeates our world today. As Christians it’s easy to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others for “more important” work like praying, studying and teaching God’s Word. But the book of Amos reminds us that those works, while unquestionably central to a believer’s life, ring hollow when we don’t love and serve others. Do you find yourself falling into this trap at times — prioritizing prayer over service?
May the Holy Spirit not only strengthen our relationship with the Lord today, but also equip us to courageously and compassionately serve those in need around us in Jesus’ name.
Prayer: Lord, roll justice and mercy upon us through the once-for-all-time sacrifice of Jesus Himself on Calvary’s cross. Then transform His love and forgiveness into seeking daily opportunities to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen