“I gave you… lack of bread… yet you did not return to me. I also withheld the rain from you… yet you did not return to me.   “I struck you with blight and mildew,,, yet you did not return to me. I sent among you a pestilence… yet you did not return to me. I overthrew some of you… yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord… Prepare to meet your God…” —Amos 4:6-12

They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. —Amos 5:10

            Our Lord is patient and gracious, showing us mercy when we surely do not deserve it. We turn our back on Him. We do not listen to Him or carry out the desires He has for us.   Again and again He tries to get out attention. At some point His long-suffering toward us will end. We need to be ready for what may be coming— “Prepare to meet your God” because we all will one day… all of us… whether we believe it or not. You can believe you will never die, but that is a fool who thinks like that. You can believe that you will never meet God after you die, but that is a fool that thinks like that as well— “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). Are you ready to meet Him? May it be so. Don’t be a fool.

       There are those followers of Jesus that reprove those speaking lies. They are hated by others for speaking the truth.   Brother and sister, we live in a time like this. But we are to continue to speak the truth in love to those around us. Let us not shrink back in this. The Lord takes no pleasure in that—

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, ‘In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.’ But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved” (Hebrews 10:36-39).

            We live in a dark time, but that is this world’s system. It has always been dark and we who are of the Light are to penetrate that darkness to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:16-20).   That command given to us by our Lord has not changed regardless of what is happening in our world. So let us be faithful, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:20. Yes, Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, Jesus. So be it!

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