Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: ~Amos 5:8
Amos was a prophet during the reign of King Uzziah of Judah and of King Jeroboam of Israel. He was a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah. He was a simple country farmer. However, he was a man who had the calling of God upon his life and was sent from God to call both Israel and Judah back to God. When you read through the Book of Amos, he is a prophet who does not mince words. He speaks, "Thus saith the LORD." In our devotion this morning, Amos is making a plea. Four times in this short chapter, he is crying out to the Jews to seek the Lord. The Jews had turned their backs to the Lord and were living in sinful idolatry and in hardness of heart toward God. He was telling them that they were far from God and needed to seek Him out.
We see the reason.
Our heart can become filled up with the wrong priorities and desires. As a result, our love for God becomes dry, distant, and disconnected. We become prone to seek our ambitions, our accumulations, and our accolades. We decide that our schedules, our needs, and our goals come before God, and as a result, we have no closeness to God. The call to seek the Lord is to help us see that it is not the Lord Who has moved but, rather, we have. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, they did not desire to seek the Lord. Instead, they went into hiding and covered up. We need to seek the Lord because we need Him.
We see the requirement.
We must seek the Lord with all of our heart. We must cease from all of our mad and futile activities and realize that the Lord is missing in our life. The blessings are gone when God is missing. Our prayers cannot be answered when God is missing. We must seek the Lord with a contrite spirit. We must realize that we have wandered far from God. We must be filled with grief that the sweetness of the relationship that we once had with the Lord has been disrupted. Seeking the Lord must be our first priority. We must not let time escape us and wind up wasting days, or even months, before we seek the Lord. We must seek the Lord with the desire that we will do so until we are restored in fellowship with Him.
We see the realization.
We must realize WHO God is! He is our Creator. He is infinite. He is Lord of all! We must realize that “the LORD is his name.” We must return to the place where we realize that He alone is sovereign and deserving of our devotion and worship. We must tear down the “altars” that we have erected where we have been worshiping other gods and realize that there is no God other than the Lord our God. We must realize that from the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised.
We see the revival.
“Seek ye me, and ye shall live.” “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live.” You want to get your life back? Seek the Lord! You want your joy back? Seek the Lord! You want the spiritual famine to cease? Seek the Lord! You want the blessing of God upon your life? Seek the Lord and live! When we have moved from the Lord, it is like severing the lifeline from us. Seeking the Lord results in the revival of our soul.
Seek the Lord! Make the first rule, the frequent rule, and the final rule of your life to seek the Lord! Seek Him and you will find Him!
Have a focused God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Exodus 13-15