Recently, I’ve decided to start reading some of the smaller books in the bible, Starting with Hosea and working my way to Malachi. I am now on Amos and what a book it truly is, a book of powerful imagery and Gods mercy for His people.
The book is a completion of prophesies given to Amos by God. These prophesies are quite different from that of the other Prophets, as God uses him to speak to a select group in Israel. This group consists of the privileged and those practising injustice regarding oppression of the poor and disadvantaged of society for their capital gain. They were a people with no moral fabric, full of pride, arrogance and greed. Israel had turned their hearts from God and His laws. Their eyes were no longer fixed on the one who delivered their ancestors out of Egypt and had delivered them from the hand of their enemies but instead wickedness had run rapid and they were turning on their own people.
This is when God brings in a humble Shepherd from a small town outside of Jerusalem, as we see so many times throughout the bible this humble Shepherd is emboldened and strengthened by the Spirit of God. His courage and boldness to preach and proclaim the word of the Lord regardless of society norms is inspiring and God uses him mightily.
Amos declares Gods judgement on Israels neighbours and on Israel itself for not returning to Him. Amos speaks about the day of the Lord and the great wrecking for the unrepentant and complacent. Even with all the evil and the Israelite’s hardened hearts, God still declares Israel’s restoration. He speaks about the great rebuilding of its cities and finally giving them a land that will never be uprooted.
The book of Amos is fascinating and gives insight into the very heart of God. It shows us the things that truly break the heart of God while giving caution to all of us regarding how we should live and our responsibility to the disadvantaged in society.
Though 75 percent of the book is Gods judgement on His people it ends with their restoration and shows us that if we are willing to come back to our God, no matter how far we have gone, He will never turn us away. He is always seeking after the heart of the lost, He’s waiting for you to welcome Him in.
Today is the day, don’t wait any longer, Jesus is calling. Come Home.
Marrying someone who is a citizen of another country can be, how shall I put it…complicated. To cut a long story relatively short, recently Mike and I have been on an emotional roller coaster and it has reminded us of how important it is for God to be at the centre of every decision, every action, every word within your relationship and marriage. It is with this in mind that we decided to complete the registry portion of our big day this June and celebrate the whole shebang in October with all our family and friends.
God has remained faithful (Psalm 119:90). At our lowest points when we saw no way out we were reminded of Gods promises for us, this not only strengthened our faith but drew us closer to Him. He is the one who has carried us through it all. He is forever faithful and forever true, our God, our Father, our Saviour. I want to encourage all of you – if you are going through any trouble, any storm trust in the Lord – give it to our Father and He will make your path’s straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Here is a few snippets from our special day:
Signing of the registry
Just a few of our close friends who witnessed
Becoming Mrs Lister 😉
Backyard swing fun
The time I cherish the most is in the morning in bed, with a cup of tea and my bible.
I find the more time I spend with the Lord the closer and more intimate our relationship becomes. He not only knows me but I dive into the very heart of God and my desires begin to line up with His will.
I’d like to encourage you to spend time with Him daily, as this will change your relationship immensely. You will not only see change in the way you live but your soul will be forever transformed.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 65:5
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11
It’s the day after the elections and half the people are outraged the other half are thrilled.
I want to encourage believers to stay the course, no matter what is happening in the world Jesus is STILL on the thrown and always will be. Let us not forget our call and who we are. The bible says we are a chosen people.
Jesus specifically says ” You did not chose me, but I chose you” John 15:6.
“As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world” John 15:19
These verses are incredible and demonstrate the loving nature of our Father. The fact that He would chose us and set us apart from the world is mind boggling in itself. What a gift and honour it is to be chosen!
So I want to encourage you to stay the path and lets run this race together. Try not to get wrapped up in the political garbage and fix your eyes on the author and finisher of your faith who is Christ Jesus.