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 2:9-11 (NIVUK): ”Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them, though they were tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks. I destroyed their fruit above and their roots below.
I brought you up out of Egypt and led you for forty years in the wilderness to give you the land of the Amorites. I also raised up prophets from among your children and Nazirites from among your youths. Is this not true, people of Israel?’ declares the Lord.”
I liked both Selwyn’s introduction and conclusion, he starts by saying: “As we continue to reflect on Amos’ prophecy we come to a passage that seems to suggest that Israel’s guilt was compounded by its failure to remember what God has done in the past.”
In his conclusion, he turns the general idea into a personal one, and suggests that we all could pause to remember what God has done for us.
He writes: “Think back to your conversion, your deliverance from lifestyles and habits you could not break in your own strength, the change in your language and behaviours, the grace that took you out of the pit and put your feet on solid rock. Think on the joy of new friendships, the family of God and a sense of rest – and give thanks.”
And if you haven’t experience a deliverance from sin and enjoyed God’s grace then it would be an ideal time for you to pray for God’s mercy, compassion and forgiveness.