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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life.
Amos was a shepherd/farmer who lived a little over 10 miles from Jerusalem, yet he spoke as an oracle of God. He lived and prophesied forty years after Elisha had passed, and during a time when Judah and Israel were both extremely prosperous. Yet their prosperity had brought them to a place of idolatry and spiritual smugness. Here Amos prophesies that there is coming a day when all of their abilities will fail them. It’s “A Word For The Swift, Strong Warrior.”
Whenever we endeavor to make things happen on our own by the power of our own might, disaster is on the way. I can remember a time in my life when I could beat just about anybody in a foot race. As a wrestler I could get out of any hold and pin my opponent. I never fought in battle, but I felt I could if needed. In other words, there was a time when I thought I was the answer to my own challenges. How wrong I was. With age and injury comes a complete dependence upon God, friends, and family. But what about the individual who never learns that lesson. That’s what had happened to Israel as a nation. Israel believed it was its own answer to life. Israel had turned Bethel, the place of worship, into a garden of the “foreign gods,” and it was from Bethel that Amos came with “A Word For The Swift, Strong Warrior.” It still holds true today.
I am aware this AM that in me there is a tendency on self-dependency if I’m not careful. Please let me see how weak and in need of You I am every second of this day. Amen