• God Withdraws His Revelation Devotional

    Amos 8

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage about God’s withdrawal of His Word: “When we abuse God’s bounty, our ingratitude deserves this recompense.” God is long-suffering and kind, but He will not forever send His Word to people who will not hear it. He will take it from nations and peoples who refuse it and turn them over to falsehood. Let us pray that such would never happen to us, and may we always be quick to relish the privilege of hearing His Word. View Resource

  • Dead Worship Devotional

    Amos 5:21–27

    It is not that God wanted Israel to abandon what He said about the form of worship, as we will see in other passages that address this issue. The goal, rather, was for worship to be true in form and function, to be so deeply rooted within the heart that justice and righteousness inevitably resulted. If worship is not leading us to repent and do good, it is not worship from the heart. We must remember, as Matthew Henry comments, that “the sacrifice of the wicked is really an abomination to [God].” View Resource

  • The Limits of God’s Patience Devotional

    Amos 4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “How little the pretense of good intention avails with God, which hypocrites ever bring forward.” The ancient Israelites thought that the Lord would be patient with their evil as long as they worshipped fervently. They were wrong. So, too, are we wrong to think worship is enough without a life of repentance. If we do not live a life of repentance, our worship is hollow and displeasing to God (Rom. 12:1). View Resource

  • God’s Servants the Prophets Devotional

    Amos 3:1-8

    The imagery of Amos 3:3–8 indicates that Amos had a message that was so true and sure that he had to proclaim it. He saw disaster coming and had to implore Israel to repent that the Lord’s wrath might be turned away. God, of course, knew how Israel would respond to this message, but this does not take away its force. The Lord also knows how we will respond when confronted with our sin, but that does not eliminate the need for us to repent when we hear His Word. View Resource

  • Condemnation for Israel and Judah Devotional

    Amos 2:4–16

    Forgetfulness is a major contributing factor to sin for the people of God. When we forget all that the Lord has done for us, it becomes easy to take Him for granted and to commit the very acts He condemns in His Word. If we do not regularly remember and thank Him for His great redemption, we are likely to fall into the sins of the pagans around us, just like ancient Israel did. Let us, as individuals and as a corporate body in worship, meditate regularly on God’s great acts. View Resource

  • Judgments on the Nations Devotional

    Amos 1:2-2:3

    Unlike the ancient Ammonites, the pro-abortion people in the modern West do not advocate killing pregnant women (though women die every year from allegedly “safe” abortions). Still, because pro-abortion people advocate murdering unborn people made in God’s image, they are guilty of great evil and ask for the end of their nation, for the Lord will not forever abide countries who tolerate such evil. May we all work to end the scourge of abortion on demand. View Resource

  • The Prophecy of Amos Devotional

    Amos 1:1

    Success is not inherently bad, but we should recognize that we are often more tempted to trust in ourselves during good times than during the bad. Moreover, we are often tempted to exploit whatever power we have over other people, whether relatives, employees, club members, the laity, and any who sit under our authority. Let us take care to trust the Lord and use our power only to serve others, and may we ask God regularly to strengthen us against self-reliance and exploiting others. View Resource