The world believes that power, wealth and intelligence is might. However, the Bible says that the Lord puts to shame the mighty, the powerful and the wise of this world as He accomplishes His plan. In fulfilling His will, He uses individuals who are insignificant and ordinary before the eyes of the world so that those who believe in their own abilities might be put to shame (1 Corinthians 1:18-31).
Amos is an example of an ordinary man called by the Lord to accomplish an extraordinary task. He came from Tekoa, a small town around 6 miles from Bethlehem. He was a sheepherder (Amos 1:1), a herdsman (7:14) and a grower of sycamore fig trees (7:14). When he was criticized and ridiculed by Amaziah the priest, Amos humbly acknowledged that he was neither a prophet by training nor a son of a prophet but the Lord has called him to proclaim His message (7:10-15).
Amos proclaimed without apology God’s message of judgment against the nations (Amos 1:1-2:4), against Judah (2:4-5) and Israel (2:6-16). However, despite this declared judgment, God’s mercy and love remained steadfast. Five times the Lord showed His longing for His people with the words—“Yet you have not returned to Me” (Amos 4:6, 8-11). Unfortunately, Israel chose not to heed God’s message. For this reason, Amos declared—“Prepare to meet thy God!” (Amos 4:12).
My friend, are you prepared to face God? What if you were in His presence at this very moment and He asked you—“Why will I let you enter into my Kingdom?”—what would you say? The Bible says that a person can have access to the Father in Heaven only through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Without faith in the finished work of Christ it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). I urge you my friend, to come to God on His terms and not yours. Return to Him before it’s too late.