Word for Today – Amos 9:11

Here is the last entry of my Bible musings. I’m so glad that Amos ended on an encouraging note. The Personality post will begin next week. Blessings, Shona.

Repair, Raise Up, and Rebuild

I am never disappointed when I study the Old Testament prophets. Sobered . . . yes. Disappointed . . . never! Amos takes us to some hard places, but the last few verses of his book leave us with hope.

“On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old” (Amos 9:11 NRSV).

Reading all the judgment contained in Amos take us places we’d rather avoid, but God works even in the midst of our darkest days. I know the verse I am about to share is every Christian’s backup quote when friends or family in distress, but, truly, there is power behind the words of Romans 8:28:

“We know that all things work together for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

I am not a Bible scholar, but I think those words apply whether we live tough times because of bad decisions or trials allowed by God to strengthen our faith. God is big enough and merciful enough to cover both scenarios, even though sometimes it’s hard to see him at work when we hurt so bad.

Who can know the mind of God? I can’t. But, I know he is good, just, merciful, forgiving, and full of love.

His indictment of Israel throughout the book of Amos is scathing, yet he is going to repair, raise up, and rebuild the wayward nation and its people.

God doesn’t change, but sometimes we must. Even on our worst day God loves us, he forgives us, and loves us! However, to experience his embracing arms we need to accept those gifts even when it means we must change our hearts and minds.

We must turn away from sin and run to Jesus. Then, and only then, will we begin to repair, raise up, and rebuild our lives.

Word for Today: Turn to Jesus and repair, raise up and rebuild your life.

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