Focus Verse: But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ (15)
It’s easy to forget. But Amos wasn’t always a prophet; he was first a shepherd. David wasn’t always a king; he was once a shepherd boy too. And Joseph was a prisoner before he became prime minister in Egypt. However, it’s no secret that God likes to call ordinary people to do extraordinary work for Him. The other day I read this:
“When the Lord lays His hand upon a man, that man ceases at once to be ordinary. He immediately becomes extraordinary, and his life takes on cosmic significance. The angels in heaven take notice of him and go forth to become his ministers (Hebrews 1:14). Though the man had before been only one of the faceless multitude, a mere cipher in the universe, an invisible dust grain blown across endless wastes – now he gets a face and a name and a place in the scheme of meaningful things. Christ knows His own sheep “by name.”… There are no unknown Christians, no insignificant sons of God. Each one signifies, each is a “sign” drawing the attention of the Triune God day and night upon him. The faceless man has a face, the nameless man a name, when Jesus picks him out of the multitude and calls him to Himself.” – A. W. Tozer
Focus Verse: Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land. (4)
God will not remain silent forever at the many injustices that are being done in our world. He is still a defender of the poor and needy. Those who have mistreated them will be judged.
Focus Verse: In that day “I will restore David’s fallen shelter—I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins— and will rebuild it as it used to be. (11)
God does not give up on people. He does not abandon them. No matter how badly we may mess up, it is never enough to make God break His promises. Our bad behavior may result in Him bringing ruin to us, but if we repent, He will always restore.
Focus Verse: I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! (21)
If keeping the law could make us righteous, there was no need for Christ to die. There was no need for Him to even come to earth at all. But good works don’t save people. The law frees no one from guilt or sin. It is by grace (and only by grace) through faith that we have been saved and made righteous before God.