Devotion Day 65 - Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 65 – Hosea 13:7 – Amos 9:10 (I’ll be reading all of Joel and Amos and doing my devotion on them.)

From Joel 1:3 “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” When I was a teenager the Moody Blues had an album entitled “To Our Children’s, Children’s, Children”. Mackenzie asked me the other day why I what I was reading and why I was reading it so much. I told her and said “I look forward to the days when we can read through God’s word together.” This may not be until she’s in High School but I look forward to that day. Then hopefully one day she’ll read it with her children and grandchildren as well.

The following is what I’ll take away from reading Joel; (2:13a) “Rend your heart and not your garments”. God wants us to fully open our hearts unto Him, rend our hearts, so that we can repent of all our sin and fully turn unto him. Too often his people tore their garments but didn’t fully rend their hearts.

I found it interesting that in Joel 3:10 we hear; “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.” Just the opposite of what we heard in Isaiah 2:4. Reminds me of what we heard in Ecclesiastes 3 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. …. (8a) a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” I give thanks for times of peace, but know that war will be with us until Jesus comes again. Which leads me back to Joel (2:28-32).

“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.

Thanks be to God for that promise and all the promises of God.

Now onto the book of Amos.

I wondered about the saying of the Lord in Amos; “For three sins of …… even for four, I will not turn back my wrath.” Here’s what I found.

Looking at it with this in mind, I can see how Amos pulled his audience into hearing God’s judgment upon them. I don’t mind hearing how God will judge evil nations/people but then I also have to remember God will judge me as well. I give thanks to God’s gift of His Son, which gives me hope and calls me to life lived in relationship with God.

In Amos we hear; “Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the house of Joseph (our house) like a fire”(5:6). Later we hear; “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord god Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”  

Friends this is what we are to do; seek the Lord and strive to seek good and not evil. May we do this, this very day.

O Lord, today we hear your word through your prophets Joel and Amos. May we rend our hearts and truly turn to thee, and may we seek you in all moments of our day, always seeking to do good (do as you call us to do) and not evil. Amen.

Next reading Day 66 – Amos 9:11 – Nahum 3:19 (I’ll be reading and commenting on all of Obadiah, Jonah, Micah and Nahum four of the minor prophets.)

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