Today's Devotion (Wednesday)

Precursor To Mercy

AMOS 7:4-9

Key Verse:

"Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small. The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD" (Amos 7:5,6).

God prompts His people to pray because He is the living God; He hears because He is the Loving God; He acts because He is the Covenant keeping God. The sinful world is rushing to a precipice of everlasting judgment. There should be an Amos who will preach to men and plead with God! Israel, the chosen one, had incurred the displeasure of God by going into sin and departing from the Lord. The rod of judgment had repeatedly visited the land, yet His people did not return to Him. Just before this revelation of a more severe judgment on Israel to Amos, 1000 talents of silver had been gathered and paid to assuage Assyria. Even then, they returned not to the source of their blessings. God was looking for a man to stand in the gap so that He might not destroy the land. He found Prophet Amos, and showed him in quick succession the judgment coming on the people. In each case, Amos interceded on behalf of the people, and the Lord stayed His hand. God is not willing that any should perish but that all would repent and be converted. There is a ceaseless clarion call for all sinners and backsliders to read the signs of the times concerning the impending judgment and cry mightily unto the Lord for mercy.

Thought for the day: Take care to pray for prayer will take care of everything else.

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