WEDNESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 2021
THEME: SEEK GOOD
PASSAGE: AMOS 5:10-17
MEMORY VERSE: Amos 5:14 “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say He is.”
HYMN: MHB547 (S.M.) – THE thing my God doth hate.
A man narrated how he was booed and cursed for failing to move his car when the traffic light had not indicated green light. This is where we find ourselves in our society today.
The land of Israel was filled with hypocritical worship, hatred, abhorrence of uprightness, oppression of the poor, excessive taxation, affliction of the just, bribery in all facets of life and injustice or miscarriage of justice. Amos 5:12-13. Therefore, Prophet Amos warned and appealed to them to seek good and not evil that they might escape from the impending wrath of God.
It is not an overstatement to say that what is transpiring in our society today are more than the aforementioned vices. People are more religious today, but not godly. Some shepherds of the flocks prey on the flock instead of feeding and tendering them. There is wanton shedding of innocent blood even by our law-enforcement agents; ritual killings for quick money and other vices are the order of the day.
The Word of God to us as it was to the house of Israel is to seek good and hate evil, love good and establish justice so that God might be gracious to our land (Amos 5:15).
If we fail to do this, the Lord said that He would pass through our nation with anger. There would be wailing in the struts, mourning in the cities and people shall work without anything to show for their labours.
If a pandemic could bring the world to her knees in the year 2020, how much more if ten plagues like those that happened in Egypt should be invoked on the earth? It is time to call for a solemn assembly among brethren, seek the face of the Lord for forgiveness and change from our evil ways as a nation and as individuals. If God was able to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, is it not by the grace of God that we are still alive and existing as a nation?
PRAYER: Lord, help us to amend our ways and do that which is pleasing to You, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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