Build on a Firm Foundation

Amos was from Judah (the southern kingdom) and he confronted the northern Israelites in the passage Amos 1-2. They are described as being immoral by Amos because they worship idols, oppress the poor, and provoke war. All this immorality had one thing in common; the rejection of the law of the Lord.

As it was back in the day of Amos, many societies today are building on a weak foundation. Think of the acceptance of abortion which kills over 50 million babies each year worldwide; of the redefinition of marriage; the way nations now pile on debt that has to be paid for by future generations.

When the stock market crashed in the 1930’s, it was because of a bubble that built up and bad loans went out to those who couldn’t pay them back. The same thing happened to a lesser extent in 2008. As we look back at history, humanity seems to fall back into the same old patterns that lead to failure.

That’s why it’s important to take note of the lessons learned in the past. As we study the scripture, there are meaningful lessons we can apply now and refer back to when times get tough. Our present may not seem like a great time but compared to the past, it may be a much better than we thought. The Good News is that there is always hope because of Jesus because we can all receive God’s grace.

Once received, one can gain wisdom to live the way life is meant to be lived. This day with You God, let us learn from the lessons of the past so that our growing faith can never be taken away or depleted. The Gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it that sets us free and never lets us down. For this we are truly grateful. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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