Saturday 26th October, 2019
Theme: Seek God And Live
Passage: Amos 5:1-8
5 Listen, people of Israel, to this funeral song which I sing over you:
2 Virgin Israel has fallen,
Never to rise again!
She lies abandoned on the ground,
And no one helps her up.
3 The Sovereign Lord says, “A city in Israel sends out a thousand soldiers, but only a hundred return; another city sends out a hundred, but only ten come back.”
4 The Lord says to the people of Israel, “Come to me, and you will live. 5 Do not go to Beersheba to worship. Do not try to find me at Bethel—Bethel will come to nothing. Do not go to Gilgal—her people are doomed to exile.”
6 Go to the Lord, and you will live. If you do not go, he will sweep down like fire on the people of Israel. The fire will burn up the people of Bethel, and no one will be able to put it out. 7 You are doomed, you that twist justice and cheat people out of their rights!
8 The Lord made the stars,
the Pleiades and Orion.
He turns darkness into daylight
and day into night.
He calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out on the earth.
His name is the Lord.
In today’s passage, Amos shocked his listeners by singing a song of lamentations as if Jerusalem had been destroyed. The Israelites believed that their wealth and religious ritual made them secure, but Amos lamented their sure destruction. Israel no longer knew how to do what was right. The more they sinned, the harder it was to remember what God wanted. The same is true of us today. The longer we wait to deal with sin, the greater it holds onto us. Finally, we forget what it means to do right. Are you on the verge of forgetting?
There is one sure remedy for a world that is sick and deep in sin- “Seek God and live”. Sin seeks to destroy, but hope is found in seeking God. Prophet Isaiah, admonishes us to seek the Lord and what it entails.
God offers salvation to all people through Christ (John 3:16). Many people put off a decision to follow Christ, thinking that there will be a better time,- but they could easily miss their opportunity altogether. There is no time like the present to receive God’s forgiveness. Don’t let anything hold you back from coming to Christ. (2Corinthians 6:1-2).
In personal discomfort and struggle, seek God. When others are struggling, encourage them to seek God, too. He is a very present help in time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1).
You can seek God, by meditating on His Word daily (Joshua 1:8); praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17); fellowshipping regularly with the people of God (Hebrews 10:25).
MEMORY VERSE: Amos 5:6 “Seek the Lord, and ye shall live: lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel”.
HYMN: MHB 323- COME, sinners, to the gospel feast
PRAYER: Father, help me to seek and trust You always by praying and meditating on Your Word daily, in Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
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