God surely had some words through the mouth of Amos and I have found a few chills this early morning considering how close I have come to being the just recipient of God’s holy justice. Let the prophet’s words ring true in your hearts today as you pause and consider the gravity of sin and the glory of salvation. And on the other hand, let us all take the morn to posture ourselves in examination and consider that God has truly given us a heart for Him thus proven by our hearts for others including our enemies and most certainly those “outside the gate” who are rejected by all — just as our Savior was and is.
Hear ye the words of the Lord…
They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time. (Amos 5:10-13 ESV)
For His Glory by His Grace,
Pastor James Tippins