Word at Work January 3, 2017

Scripture: Amos 3:5-8

In Amos 3:5-8 we have something revealed that is almost amazing to our culture today. What Amos says is, “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. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” In a nation that faces calamity like the 9/11 New York terror attacks, how many people ‘woke up’ and realized the nation must be doing something very displeasing to God. It seems like the fear of the Lord lasted about six weeks after that attack. Let’s ask ourselves today what our responsibility is as prophets bring the fear of the Lord to their culture and sow it by the Scripture we teach. Are we responsible for the level of the fear of the Lord that is in the land? If we never teach it, how can we ever see it? Amos had a successful ministry and his job was to warn and to sow the truth of God’s Word in his culture, which he faithfully did. May we follow this pattern and be as successful as Amos was.

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