The book of Amos is one of those minor prophets’ writings at the back of the Old Testament and is characterized by many warnings of pending punishment by God if the Hebrews would not repent of their incredibly sinful actions and attitudes.
It’s not easy reading of the looming hammers of justice that will fall upon so many if they continued refusing to fall at the foot of God’s throne, either during their cushy lives or when faced to the soon-to-be-unleashed rod of correction from on high.
Yet, even in the midst of all the exhortation to escape the wrath of a repeatedly offended and mocked God, the gracious nature of our heavenly Father still shines through.
As the Apostle Peter would write centuries later, God is long-suffering and not desirous of seeing anybody perish to hell, but instead for all to come to repentance and, as a result, salvation.
Here’s what Amos was directed by the Holy Spirit to write in the midst of all the warnings:
“Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed.” (Amos 5:14)
The Lord God that commands untold numbers of powerful angels within His army is the same God that wants you and me to live forever. Though Amos’ words were speaking of physically living rather than being wiped out in a population purge of defiant Hebrews, spiritual life was involved as well.
And so it is with us.
If we do what is good and run from evil, we’ll not only find ourselves less often in harm’s way physically, but we’ll also be in the center of God’s path for living spiritually … eternally.
I like the promise that God will be my Helper and that I am to claim that hope as a possession.
Satan will certainly tempt me to run toward evil.
But Jesus showed me the path to run.
I just have to do what is good and run from evil.
Let’s run that path together, OK?
Let’s embrace Psalm 119:105 and read the Bible more because it is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
As always, I love you