SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Scripture: Amos 3:1-7
Amos 3:1-7 says, “Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt saying: ‘You only have I known of all the families of the earth: Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.’ Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Will a lion roar in the forest, when He has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing? Will a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no trap for it? Will a snare spring up from the earth, if it has caught nothing at all? If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it? Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Amos was an amazing prophet and he really dealt with the issue, can two walk together without being in agreement. The answer of course is, No! They cannot. Then the question is, are we really in agreement with the Lord or are we doing our own thing? Amos makes it clear that in a covenantal, Biblical nation when there is calamity, the Lord has done it. If we accept this Biblical truth, then we must look at things and reassess what is going on in our nation. Was Katrina a calamity that God sent? According to Amos, yes. 911 was a great tragedy. Was it a biblical calamity? According to Amos, yes it was. Did a wave of true repentance come out of those? No. Blaming people for political gain did, but not true repentance. Perhaps the only way we will have true repentance in this nation is when the prophets stand up and confront the political leaders and the Hand of God moves on them, like God’s Hand moved in Scripture. Apparently the only way we will get repentance in this nation is when we see political ‘Ananias and Sapphiras’ face God’s Judicial Hand. Then and only then we will see repentance. Can we pray for that? Can we pray that God will raise up people who have the anointed strength, courage and might to walk in that place and to confront leaders? That may very well be what it is going to take!