To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
July/August 2016 Issue – Seek Me and Live, ‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Amos 4:6-7 (NIVUK): “‘I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,’ declares the Lord.
‘I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up.‘”
Selwyn writes: “In this section Amos conveys to Israel that God has applied the covenant sanctions as spelled out in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. Covenant unfaithfulness has led to famine, drought and crop failure.”
He then looks at God’s role in regard to all natural disasters. He makes these good points: “As we well know, many tragedies are caused by human incompetence, callousness or greed. … What we can perhaps say is this: not every natural disaster is attributable directly to God, yet within God’s providential oversight such events can serve His sovereign purposes.”
[I’m very ill at the moment. I’ll write these posts when I can – God willing.]