Warning to the complacent

Scripture: Amos 6

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!
2
Go to Kalneh and look at it;
go from there to great Hamath,
and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
Is their land larger than yours?
3
You put off the day of disaster
and bring near a reign of terror.
4
You lie on beds adorned with ivory
and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
and fattened calves.
5
You strum away on your harps like David
and improvise on musical instruments.
6
You drink wine by the bowlful
and use the finest lotions,
but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
7
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;
your feasting and lounging will end.
The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel
8 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob
and detest his fortresses;
I will deliver up the city
and everything in it.”
9 If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them[a] asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
11
For the Lord has given the command,
and he will smash the great house into pieces
and the small house into bits.
12
Do horses run on the rocky crags?
Does one plow the sea with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness—
13
you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar
and say, “Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?”
14
For the Lord God Almighty declares,
“I will stir up a nation against you, Israel,
that will oppress you all the way
from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.”

Observation: Amos is not one of those books that I have read a lot, so this is a bit challenging. After doing a bit of research on this chapter, there was one statement I read I felt helped understand this time in history and this chapter.  “Amos prophesied during a time of economic prosperity in Israel, and the successful in Israel used that prosperity for pure self-indulgence. When God makes us prosperous, we have an absolute obligation to use what He gives us in a way that glorifies Him, not pampers ourselves.” Isreal had been extremely blessed by God, but now became lazy, self seeking and complacent. He hated their pride that developed and even told them to look to other pagan cities, are they any better off or different than they were? They were acting the same as every other person in every other city. So much for God’s chosen people, for being an example to the world.

Application: It’s easy to fall into the trap of complacency. When things go well, we have enough food in the fridge, our bills are paid, our health is good, we have lots to spare, it’s easy to start forgetting that God is our provider. We can forget to be thankful, we begin to think how much we “deserve” all the luxuries in life, not that God doesn’t want us to have nice things and enjoy life, but when it replaces time with God and turns to pride, that is where God is displeased. Am I complacent? That is my challenge of today.

Prayer: God you have greatly blessed me and my family. You have given us plenty of food, a warm house, plenty of finances to live by, and I thank you. God, forgive me if I have been complacent, forgive me if I forget sometimes where this all came from. It’s all from you, thank you Lord! Help me to use what you have given me for your honor and glory. In Jesus name, amen.

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