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 6:1-7 (NIVUK): “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!
Go to Kalneh and look at it; go from there to great Hamath, and then go down to Gath in Philistia. Are they better off than your two kingdoms? Is their land larger than yours?
You put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of terror.
You lie on beds adorned with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves. You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments.
You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions, but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile; your feasting and lounging will end.”
Selwyn points out to us the parallels between the luxurious lifestyle of the Israelites during Amos’ time and the lifestyle some people now enjoy in western countries.
I think it could be a worthwhile issue to meditate upon during our day; do we grieve over the problem of the lack of modern-day Josephs? There are many people involved in Christian ministry and they do fantastic work for our Lord but are they well recognised by the general community for the value of their service?
We should not boast about our work but we should not hide our love for God. Therefore we should let our light shine from the ‘top of a hill’ for God’s glory to be seen. It requires sound discernment and guidance sought from God’s Spirit.
Our desire is to stay faithful to God’s love in the midst of a decadent society – a desire expressed in persistent prayer.