Reading: Amos 8: 7-12
The time of action and judgment has come for the people of Israel. These people who wanted to focus on money and crops instead of worship will get what they want. They had endured worship and the Sabbath like it was a chore. So God has chosen to grant their desire – He will step away from His people. He will allow His petulant children to live without Him for a while. A time is drawing near when a foreign king will conquer and destroy. God will be a silent, non-involved observer. Public worship will not occur in captivity and there is no Bible yet. It will be a difficult time for Israel.
It is hard for us to imagine what it would be like to have all of our churches shut down. It is even harder to imagine that our access to the Word of God could be removed. We have easy access to physical Bibles and constant access to a myriad of virtual Bibles. So imagine for a moment if all access to the Word were removed and we could not gather for worship. It would be very hard to remain connected to God and our faith.
Although this idea of no access to God or His Word seems so foreign to us who have easy access to these things, our attitudes at times are not so far removed from those of the people of Amos’s time. We have all been reluctant worshippers. We have all looked at our watches or cell phones as we creep past the time church was supposed to end. We have all drug our feet or scowled all the way to church and part way through it. This is not the worship God desires.
Lord, make our hearts like Your heart. Help us to love you with all we are. Lead our spirit to seek Your Spirit. Draw us into You. Move us to offer all of ourselves in grateful response to Your love and mercy that never fail. May we be all in for You, O Lord.