A young man, John, had hoped that he would inherit his father’s business empire. People had even been fondly calling him CEO junior. Many envied him and wished that they were in his shoes but his father had become concerned with some character traits he had noticed in his son. Just out of curiosity, he decided to confirm his son’s paternity. Lo and behold, it was negative. The young man’s plans and expected benefits of ‘sonship’ suddenly evaporated.
Amos equally revealed God’s controversy against the children of Israel. He had invested so much on the nation but was full of regrets. God was greatly disappointed and angry against Israel. What brought about this situation? Perhaps Israel had thought that being God’s favoured nation, He would pamper them and overlook their transgressions. They rested on their supposed covenanted relationship with Him and expected that they would always be a companion of His.
Resting on perceived and received favour from God while systematically losing the basis of the relationship that originally brought the favour is the fatal mistake many make today. God does not hold on to a ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ who transgresses and abandons Him. If such a person fails to repent, He will turn back to judge him or her and mete out eternal punishment. Israel did not have unconditional security with God; nobody has it today.
In the light of this, believers should watch daily and ensure that they are not just professing long lost salvation whereas, the substance has evaporated. May we not end up being called ‘Ichabod’ – the glory has departed!
Thought for the day
Sin estranges one from God – avoid costly assumptions.
- in one year
- 2 SAMUEL 8 – 10