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Our reading from Amos 5:18-24 gives God’s depiction of the day of his coming. Those who have been faithful, who are practicing justice and righteousness, as in verse 24, will find it a day of restoration. But what about the rest? Many would like to redefine the way God’s requirements work. We may even like to change God’s character to meet our own desires. However, as we trust ourselves, as we look deep within, as we eventually create a god in our own image rather than trusting the God who created and sustains all, we can do nothing but offend the true God.
That will be a bad day indeed. For those who are not trusting the one Lord, his day is like that day when you were chased by a lion only to find a bear, and when you finally arrived home you were bitten by a snake. Nobody needs that kind of a day. It goes from bad to worse. It brings no lasting hope, only an illusion of hope, peace, and safety.
Why do we want to involve so much of ourselves in worship? Why do we try to re-create God in our own images? This should never be. Let the God who invented justice and righteousness bring it to pass in our lives, in our homes, in our world.
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