Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 17 Scripture Selection: Amos 1-3
Food for Thought: Amos 3:7-8
The Lord does nothing without first telling His people about it. As in the beginning, He has always intended to have a close communication with His people. He dearly loves us all and wants us to know and understand what is happening.
His relationship with mankind began with Adam and Eve. He was known to talk with them, and He specifically prophesied of the future of man, their Seed Jesus, and the fate of Satan (Gen. 3:8-19). Further in the Old Testament, the Lord spoke to Noah to let him know what was about to occur and gave him specific instructions as to how to proceed. His relationship with Noah continued even after the flood. Then there is the example of Abraham who walked and talked with God and was called His friend (II Chron. 20:7). The Lord let him in on the plans to demolish Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18:16-33). Moses is yet another example of one the Lord spoke with concerning His plans, followed by so many prophets.
All through the Bible, there are people who received direct prophetic messages from the Lord so that no one could ever accuse the Lord of not giving fair warning. Today, we have His complete Word as well as people in the Body of Christ who function with the prophetic gift to continue passing on valuable information to mankind (Eph. 4:11). And He will even speak to us individually regarding anything from personal situations to issues concerning the world if we make ourselves available to hear Him.
The Lord has spoken and continues to speak. It is up to us to receive the message, pay close attention to it as something of great value coming from the Lord, contemplate the meaning, and act accordingly. The worst thing we could do is take it flippantly or ignore it all together. If it is from the Lord, it is most important that we see what it is about and share the message with all concerned.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):