James Limburg says this about the God of Amos: “the Lord is the God of nature. The pastures, the mountains react when the Lord speaks. The Lord has created the mountains, the winds, the stars, and … maintains the rhythms of darkness and light, sunshine and rain.” He goes on to list fruitful vineyards and devastation from drought, plagues and epidemic as actions of the Lord. Yet the Lord is not a fertility god associated with the forces of nature.
The Lord continues to act in the history of the nations, working his plan to bless them all through his people. In the first eight and a half chapters of Amos there is nothing but judgment against all the nations, including God’s people, Israel. In the last half of chapter nine we hear some good news of restoration and plenty. The Lord’s judgment is always meant as a call to repentance in order that he may restore, rebuild, heal and comfort the people.
God created all for the purpose of joyful fellowship. May we turn from our self-importance and allow God to restore our relationship with him and each other. May we learn to surrender our will to his.
Prayer: Our Father and our God, make us hear your call to repentance and give us grace to surrender to your loving care. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner, Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.