Prayer Focus: India

Bible Reading: Amos 1-5

Scripture  

The Day of the Lord

 Woe to you who long for the day of the Lord! Why do you long for the day of the Lord? That day will be darkness, not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall  only to have a snake bite him.  Will not the day of the Lord be darkness,  not light—  pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?  Amos 5: 18-20

Observation –  I tried, I really did…. but there really isn’t anything uplifting and encouraging in today’s reading.  God is mad,  and no one is going to be happy.  In the first chapter he condemns Israel’s neighbors like Damascus, Tyre, Gaza and Edom.  Chapter 2 writes off Moab and Judah.  Chapter 3 outlines the charges and sins of Israel. Chapter 4 and 5 show how Israel just won’t listen and continue to do evil and sinful things.

Application  –  I guess today we are reminded that the Lord hates sin and will punish us for our sin.  And all of us sin all the time, the Israelites didn’t have Christ to pay for their sins like we do.    Because of God’s gift of his son we don’t have to fear God’s wrath.  But it makes it that much clearer how important it is to be saved and call Jesus Lord and Savior and to seek his forgiveness.  It also shows how desperate we should be to help save the lost that do not know the love of Christ, and do not have forgiveness of their sins.

Prayer  –  As the song goes, “…thank you Lord for saving my soul, thank you Lord for making me whole….”  Thank you for allowing those that call you Father not have to fear your wrath, but ask for your forgiveness and repentance.   Thank you for loving us, through your son, Jesus Christ… Amen.

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