PRAYER + PRAISE

Seeking the Lord and Living in Him

Seek the Lord and live. —Amos 5:6

God sees all. God judges all.

The prophet Amos spoke to the kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II about 30-40 years prior to the Assyrian takeover and the subsequent exile of the Hebrew people. He foretold of God’s impending judgment on the people, on the nation as a result of their sins. That judgment would be the deportation of the Hebrew people to the various parts of the Assyrian empire in 722 B.C. Though the judgment seemed inevitable, God in His mercy, gave the people a chance to take a new path and a new destiny by listening to the words of Amos.

His message, like most of the prophets, was simple: turn to God, turn away from idols, turn away from the things that cause God to be angry; seek justice and righteousness.

At the time of Amos’ message, many of the Israelite people had been living in total prosperity, having two houses, lavish furniture, and not caring at all about the poor. They were prideful and were giving sacrifices to the Lord out of duty and not love.

Amos warned them of this practice with the powerful phrase above. Seek the Lord and live; otherwise, death would come to them. The rest of verse six, in chapter 5, reads or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire.

Reiterating the call to seek the Lord, verse 14 reads: Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.

In Christ, we are spared of that impending judgment, but we are still called in the same to seek the Lord, to follow His ways. We have to be mindful of the poor, by the impoverished and the spiritually poor.

What we must realize, as well, is that our faith in the Father through the Son, is not only an essential element to escaping judgment, but also to find life. True worship of the living Lord is the only way that we all may live.

Praise: That God grant us life by seeking Him through His Son Jesus Christ.

Prayer: That we are mindful of the poor and never seek to worship the things of this earth, but instead only worship the living Lord.

Prayer for Today: Lord, we come to You, ever so humbly, to ask Your forgiveness in the way that we sometimes live…so caught up in the material things of this world, so ignorant of the plight of the hurting. Let us not be like the Israelites before us, that did not yield to the prophet’s call and were taken away from their homeland. Let us seek You deeply and find a blessed and eternal life in You. All for Your glory Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.