Read it! Amos 9
For I will give the command and I will shake the house of Israel among all
the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground.
All the sinners among my people will die by the sword,
all those who say, “Disaster will not overtake or meet us.”
Think it through
How God hates sin. He really loathes it, despises it. Amos takes the first six verses of Chapter 9 to describe how not one of the Israelites would escape His wrath. Their physical death would reflect their spiritual one.
Then God gives us another image, the image of the sieve through which He’ll shake the house of Israel.
How I want to be the pure grain and not the pebble! The Israelites show us that empty worship attendance and thoughtless sacrifices are not even close to enough. To be a part of the Lord’s remnant, we have to have pure hearts for Him. We can’t assume that we’ll make it through the sieve just because we attend church on Sundays and are “good” the rest of the week.
Live it like you mean it
When is your love for the Lord less than wholehearted? Specifically, do you give emptily, or worship with a distracted heart on Sundays?
Although I’d say I’m doing better in both those areas, there’s always room for improvement. I’ve chosen a landmark on the way to church to help me remember to prepare my heart for worship. When I see it, I stop talking and choose to quiet my heart and really focus on the Lord.
Maybe you’d like to try something similar!
Lift it up
Lord, I want to have a pure heart for You, my Almighty God. Please protect my heart from worldly worries while I worship You and give in Your name. I love You with my whole heart and I want to give it to You in worship! Amen.
Tell Me About It:
What are you going to do to keep your heart focused on God this Sunday? I’d love to hear your ideas!
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