Amos. A prophet to Israel in a difficult time. Amos introduces himself as a mere shepherd rather than as a prophet–and God still used him to deliver a mighty message to His people. His words still ring loud for us today:
Seek me and live. (Amos 5:4b)
Every culture, every civilization, and every era of history has given false promises about where to find life to the full.
Seek the LORD and live (Amos 5:6).
God uses Amos to tell His people over and over again: life is only found in Him.
The God who made the stars, brings each passing day and night, and moves each and every tide of the ocean waves– the LORD is his name! (Amos 5:8).
We have a great God, who is glorious and mighty beyond comparison. He is a beacon of goodness, and if we seek him, we can pass that onto others. A major theme of Amos is a call to pursue justice and righteousness. Verse 14 says “seek good, not evil, that you may live.”
What does the LORD require of us? Church traditions? Heartless obedience? Quite the opposite. God tells us in verses 22-23 that the sacrifices, songs, and festivals mean nothing without– you guessed it– justice and righteousness. Treat your neighbors justly, and live rightly.
How do we know what justice and righteousness even look like? Where do we go?
Seek the LORD, that we may live!