Read:  Amos 4:1-13

The Sovereign Lord has sworn by His holiness…   Amos 4:2

While a chapter like this is very sobering, it’s also a demonstration of how far God will go to draw us to Himself. An example of a severe mercy.

Lots of people choose to behave like those described in verses 1–5. And the consequences of this sin-filled life are real. A hateful God would simply leave us to ourselves to perish in this life of sin. However, a loving God will take whatever measures necessary to open our eyes to our deadly situation, and offer us the opportunity to turn to Him and find hope and life eternal, while there is still time.

Perhaps it sounds harsh that a loving God would allow such earthly human struggle. But here’s the thing…

God is Holy. And by all indications, He desires for us to know Him personally. But there’s a problem. We are not holy. And because it’s impossible for our sinful presence to be one with God’s holy presence (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23), this situation is impossible for you and I to reconcile. So, great measures had to be taken… even more harsh measures than what we read in this chapter. Consider the cross. Jesus was born to take the harshest of situations upon Himself. For you. For me. Because this was what it would take for us to gain the gift of salvation and for us to be reconciled to God. This chapter is a stark reminder that we have a choice. We can choose the temporary and fading stuff of the world as our God or we can choose the one holy and eternal God as our God. God’s desire is that our time on earth will drive us to Him.

Today, be re-awakened to the reality that God longs for you to turn to Him, rely on Him, and find in Him alone, your sustenance. He loves you enough to have offered the severe mercy of the cross. Will you love Him back?

Father, God, you are Holy. We are not. Thank you for making a way for us to know you and to have your presence dwell in us as we walk out this life. Please help us to turn to you in every situation we find ourselves in, and trust you as our source of hope and life.

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