"Woe to Those Who Are at Ease in Zion" (7/12)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Amos 6-9.

Woe to those who are at ease in Zion and to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria, the distinguished men of the foremost of nations, to whom the house of Israel comes” (Amos 6:1).

God was sending a message through the prophet Amos of the coming judgment against Israel. Yet these people were oblivious to the danger. They had other matters to focus on besides divine punishment for sin.

Those who recline on beds of ivory and sprawl on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, who improvise to the sound of the harp, and like David have composed songs for themselves, who drink wine from sacrificial bowls while they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore, they will now go into exile at the head of the exiles, and the sprawlers banqueting will pass away” (Amos 6:4-7).

Relaxation, entertainment, and luxury. There is nothing inherently wrong with these when enjoyed in moderation. Yet when all that one focuses on is relaxation, entertainment, and luxury, there will be trouble because spiritual matters will not be considered. The warning of punishment for sin will not be met with reflection and repentance.

These people had a false sense of security. They trusted in their wealth and their seemingly stable position rather than trusting in God. The wise man warned about this when he contrasted one who trusted in the Lord with one who trusted in his wealth.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.

A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own imagination” (Proverbs 18:10-11).

We must not allow ourselves to be lulled to sleep by prosperity and security. We must see the spiritual dangers that exist all around us and protect ourselves, not by trusting in the things of this world, but by trusting in God.

Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9-12

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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