Prayer for the day
Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding, and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion; bless the LORD, O my soul.
Scripture for the day
The prophecies of doom that Amos speaks seem strange. They pick seemingly random countries and then pronounce God’s judgment on those nations. These countries and nations, however, have done some heinous things, and most are enemies of Israel.
As the doom is spoken, we can imagine the delight of the Israelites who are listening. Finally, they think, our enemies are getting their own. Finally the doom of the Lord will give them the justice they deserve. Yet Amos’ prophecies spiral closer and closer to Israel, until the doom is pronounced on Israel’s brother, Judah. The doom gets a little too close. And finally, with precision and clarity, the doom falls on Israel.
God makes it clear through Amos that Israel is not innocent of the crimes of Israel’s neighbours. Israel has committed the same sins, and worse, and because Israel is the people of God, Israel will be punished for her sins. The spiral has reached its core.
In the book of Revelation, we see the same kind of spiral, the spiral toward the end and renewal of all things. John sees the progression of things, from the chaos of the way we’ve made things to the systematic move of God to eradicate evil and finally, to renew all things.
John sees that God is not nearly as random as He may seem, but instead, His plan is progressing as He destined it to.
May we see the plan of God as it unfolds, and rejoice.