There are two manifestations of God’s nature described in Amos 5-6. The first is the nature of judgment and destruction. The second is the nature of justice and providing instructions for the way to a good life. Also within today’s passage are a list of Israel’s sins; a few include the oppression of the innocent, taking bribes, depriving the poor of justice, and idol worship.
We are told in this passage that what God wants in the lives of His people are just the opposite from what they were doing! The phrase “Seek the Lord and live” is repeated in the passage. He wants His people to have integrity and uphold justice. He wants His people to seek every good thing and glorify His name.
The actions we can take now may include giving praise to the ONE who made this amazing universe; seeking Him by reading, studying, and applying the Word so that good is in our heart and soul. Then we can use this good as a shield that blocks out evil and lets in His light of goodness. Learning is a life-long process so take every opportunity to ask questions, seek answers, and share with others.
We can get ready for the challenge of each day by going to the ONE who created it all and passionately stirring each other up to boldly step ahead. This day with You Lord, we humbly seek You by reading, studying, and applying Your instruction in how to live. Your Word is good for our heart and soul; useful to block out any negatives in our life but allowing Your light to shine within to foster a healthy soul. In Jesus name. Amen.