Amos 5:14a New Living Translation
“Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live!”
Amos was a man of God, yet there was nothing extraordinary about him. He was neither a priest, nor the son of a priest. Neither prophet, nor the son of a prophet, yet God chose Amos to deliver an urgent message to the people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Judah). The purpose of this book is to relay the visions of Amos from Almighty God to the wealthy people of Israel who had fallen into the sins of complacency, idolatry and the oppression of the poor. Amos spends a few chapters speaking on the punishment that was coming for the peoples of Philistia, Tyre, Edom, Ammon & Moab. The Jews were delighted to hear of their demise. They must have bolted upright though when they heard the name of Judah counted among the peoples set to be judged. The last chapter of this book speaks of hope in spite of all the punishment that had been laid out in the previous chapters.
There are many tie-ins in both the Old & New Testaments that make all said in the entirety of scripture relevant to us believers today. Many people who claim to be Christians walk a dangerous tightrope between sin and righteousness. It’s as if they want to dance on the lunatic fringe as long as they can without falling into sin. That’s not at all what an ambassador of Christ would or should do. Temptation is real & it’s out there. It is when we feel the least vulnerable that we should be the most cautious. Satan wants to knock you off your perch of faith and cause you to be ineffective for the Lord. By dabbling in sinful ways we stand nothing to gain & everything to lose. The devil wins because he knocked you off kilter for a time, but he is a defeated foe who has nothing to lose.
There is a reason God had Amos use the verb ‘run’ when speaking of evil. It’s nothing to trifle with. When spotted, make a 180 & run in the opposite direction. Don’t let the evil of this world grab a hold of you & drag you back into old habits & lifestyles. Strive to do that which is good & right, for hope shall blossom from the righteousness you display. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.