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Complacency is the easiest trap for our sinful nature. We want blessings and prosperity from God, and we work hard and cling to God on our way to those goals. Sometimes, we do receive what we want. Once we have them, we enjoy them so much that we refuse to let go, to the extent of willing to betray God for them. That’s what happened to the nation of Israel during Amos’s time.
Amos lived in a prosperous time of Israel (Amos 1:1). Jeroboam son of Jehoash reigned for over 40 years, and God blessed him with great success in his military endeavor (2Kg 14:25). Instead of turning to God and expressing their thanksgiving, they continued to worship their idols. “…because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed” (2:4), and “you have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god which you made for yourselves” (5:26). They were blind about the true source of their success and prosperity, and they grew accustomed to the luxury they had. “You lie on beds inlaid with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves” (6:4), and “you drink win by the bowlful and use the finest lotions” (6:6). The luxury Amos depicted is envied even by many believers today, but those are like “two leg bones or a piece of an ear” that a shepherd saves from the lion’s mouth (3:12). They were forfeiting the true blessings of following God’s law and decrees (2:4).
Therefore, there was a famine, not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD (8:11). They would search for the word of the LORD, and they would not find it (8:12). “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (3:3) The people of Israel had put their luxury and prosperity over God, and that led to their eventual downfall. In less than 40 years after Amos uttered the LORD’s warning, the kingdom of Israel was ended in the hands of Assyrians.
The picture portrayed by Amos mimics many believers today. The hunger for prosperity and blessings, instead of the one who gives them, continues to be the focus of their faith, and complacency marks the spiritual condition of such church-goers. Are you in a famine of the word of the Lord? If so, then it’s time to re-evaluate your faith.
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