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 8:1-3 (NIVUK):”This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit.
‘What do you see, Amos?’ he asked. ‘A basket of ripe fruit,’ I answered. Then the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
‘In that day,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies – flung everywhere! Silence!’”
Selwyn tells us: “The Almighty has waited long enough for Israel to repent and soon the songs in the Temple would turn to wailing.
The Assyrian invasion, which would be God’s instrument of justice, would produce bodies flung out in the same way as a basket of over-ripe fruit on the point of decay.
Though there is nothing more wonderful than God’s mercy, there is nothing more terrible than God’s judgment.”
It’s important for us to live as forgiven sinners as the first line of today’s prayer states: “Father, I am so thankful that because of what your Son did for me on the cross I am no longer under judgment.”
However, we should never forget that life is serious – and, we should set aside a regular ‘serious moment’ to examine our relationship with Jesus – are we following His teaching and commandments?
While, looking for various verses that might be relevant to this study, I found the following to be encouraging: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! (Romans 5;8-9)”