Read it! Amos 6
You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions,
But you do not grieve over the ruins of Joseph.
Think it through
God calls out in the first verse of this reading, “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion!” Amos goes on to describe people enjoying their rich blessings, taking personal credit for their successes, and ignoring the things of God. They are complacent.
Paul, on the other hand, calls us to be content in all circumstances. To enjoy our blessings, absolutely. But also to give God credit for our successes and make Him the most important thing in our lives.
What a difference between complacency and contentment! The outward appearance may be the same, but the heart is a world apart.
When do I stray over the line from contentment to complacency? I don’t want to focus so much on “being happy” that I forget to pray for others or be grieved by world events.
The things that break the heart of God should break my heart as well.
Live it like you mean it
Would you consider yourself content or complacent? What successes do you need to take a moment to give God all the credit for? How can you join others in their grief, even while enjoying your blessings? Choose one thing that grieves God’s heart and decide to pray over it this week.
Especially after my struggle with anxiety, I tend to over-protect my heart. I find myself closing my thoughts to stories about terrible events, situations, losses, or diagnoses. I need to open my heart more to the suffering of others, to join them in their grief and to lift them up in prayer. This week I’m going to read Sunday’s paper (something I never do) and pray over the articles.
Lift it up
Jesus, please give me Your eyes, Your ears, and Your heart for others. May You take my grief over this fallen world as an offering. Help me to stir myself out of my complacency and be Your hands and feet to the people suffering all around me. In Your name, Amen
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What are you praying over this week? I’d love to join you.
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