The Old Testament offers riches truths of how God interacts with His creation and how his creations continually turn away from their Creator.
It shows how patient God is as He waits for all to come to know Him and understand the grace He offers.
But in order to understand the gift of grace, one must first understand the seriousness of sin. For me, I was raised to be a good person. Be helpful, never argue, go with the flow, don’t rock the boat, were some of the mantras I lived by. After years of “being good” I found it not satisfying. There was an emptiness that left me wanting more. No matter what accolades or accomplishments I achieved, it didn’t fill me.
I did not know the Bible teaches “all sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” “no, not one is good, they all together have become corrupt,” and “only God is good.”
It wasn’t until I committed what I call “the unforgiveable sin” that I realized I was a sinner. That one act which was so terrible in my mind it opened my eyes to see what God already knew. I was a sinner from birth. Only I didn’t know it until I did something I could not forgive myself for doing.
I believed I had morals and values, yet I had done something against those morals and values. I felt lower than dirt. I was broken. I was a mess.
But God had a plan and purpose for everything that happened in my life. You see, if I had not done what I did, I would not have experienced the life-giving gift of God’s grace and mercy. At my lowest point in my life, when I thought my life was over, that I had ruined everything, Jesus knocked at the door of my heart. He said, “Come to me, you who are weary and carry heavy burdens. My yoke is easy and my burden is light. I will give you rest for your soul.”
I accepted Jesus’ offer. I asked Him to come into my life. Faithful to His word, He did. I am a new creation now. The old is gone and the new has come. I am no longer trying to “be good,” for I know that “nothing in me, that is of my sinful nature is good” but Christ who lives within me is!
So now I live my life relying on Jesus’ finished work on the Christ, who came to die for my sins, to give me a new life through the power of the Holy Spirit in me.
I’m not sure where you stand as you read this. But I do know that God wants you to know His grace and mercy. As you read this devotional study, please keep your heart open for Jesus’ offer to you.
May you come to the same conclusion I did, which is we don’t live by bread alone but by every word spoken from the living God. May His words comfort and keep you in His grace. May you desire more and more of His words as you seek to know Him with all your heart, mind, body, and soul.
So here’s what you’ll find in this book. It is a collection of devotional thoughts, penetrating questions, and guided self reflection to help you see God’s words with a new perspective. There is also a Truth Tracker in chapter 11, which helps you save the truths you discover along the way.
The book of Amos is a difficult book for most people because it focuses so heavily on all that is not right with the people’s relationship with God. But as we walk through its chapters I hope you will see the grace of God poured out before you. As you read about the rebellion of the people, consider how gracious God is to allow them to continue in their sin and how God provides every opportunity for the people to turn from their sin.
God does the same with you and me. Let these stories, lead you into a deeper relationship with God, as you realize how much He loves you. Be open to what God’s Word tells you about the people of Amos’ day. Consider if any of their ways are your ways. If so, turn to God for forgiveness and the strength to do what is pleasing to Him by His Spirit living within you.
Let’s get started. Grab your Bible and open it up to the book of Amos. You’ll find it in the Old Testament, 10 books before the New Testament. It follows the book of Joel and is right before the book of Obadiah.
As with any study of God’s words we need to prepare ourselves for His revelation by praying first.
Lord God Almighty, you are God, I am not. As I read your words today, reveal your truth. Show me what I need to learn. Lead me. In Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.
God is calling are you listening?
In His Grace,