“Seek me and live … seek the LORD and live … the LORD is his name….”
Amos 5:4, 6, 8
When I sit on a chair, I trust that it will support my weight and not collapse.
But that has happened. Mostly because the chair was broken and ready to fall apart (but partly because I was too heavy for it, too!).
When I turn on the light switch, I trust that the lights in the room will go on. Most of the time they do. But there have been times when the wiring wasn’t correct or the bulb was burned out and flipping the switch did not have its desired effect.
Still, it is very important to put our ultimate trust in someone who will never, ever let us down.
I’m talking about the Creator of the universe. He is the LORD (Yahweh).
He called into being everything we see (and everything we can’t see except with a microscope or telescope). We can trust him to sustain this universe to the very end.
He also formed you and me – initially from the dust of the earth and the rib of the first man.
God is our Creator. But Adam and Eve rejected God when they listened to Satan instead and then their own desires.
Because of their Fall we are all conceived and born sinners. We also initially reject God.
Some continue to do so all their lives. They put their trust in other things. Some put their trust in gods – like Sikkuth or Kiyyun, Mesopotamia deities of the ancient near east.
Others put their trust in science. Or in the world. Or even in themselves.
But everything else will violate our trust.
Science will. After all, science once told us the world was flat and that the sun revolved around the earth.
The world will violate our trust. Ask those who once trusted in the German Chancellor in the last 1930’s and early 1940’s. Or those who trusted the General Secretary of the Communist Party from the early 1920’s to the early 1950’s.
Even we ourselves will prove to be untrustworthy. Our bodies will age and fail us, our minds can grow dim and fade as well.
If we put our trust in anything but the Creator of the universe, we will be let down.
God does not want that for us. So he sent his Son to be our Savior! Jesus Christ would bear that which causes us to reject God – our sin. Jesus paid the price to buy us back from our sin, from death itself, and from the devil who led us to this untrustworthy path in the beginning.
This is the message that we have been given to proclaim and share with the world.
The prophet Amos proclaims the Law loud and clear in his book of the Bible. And reading just his prophecy is a grim experience.
But there is more to the story! The Law is always grim. But the Gospel is beautiful and comforting!
The Holy Spirit uses both – Law and Gospel – to complete in us that which the prophet Amos calls us – to seek the Lord and live!
This specific chapter of Amos – chapter 5 – warns us to not play at or pretend to trust in the LORD. There is no “going through the motions” of a worship service. That won’t work.
The trust that will truly work is that which comes from faith. Not actions but where the actions start – in the heart.
This is why Amos’ prophecy tells us that the LORD is not delighted in “solemn assemblies” or “burnt offerings and grain offerings.”
These are important, no doubt. God instructs us to worship him. But our trust is not to be in what we do. What we do should flow out of our trust in God.
And we trust in God because Jesus Christ forgives and removes our sin and gives us his righteousness.
Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for us, “justice” can “roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (v 24).
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