AT EASE? Devotion for Wednesday August 15, 2012
Text: Amos 6: 1 – Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, and trust in Mount Samaria, Notable persons in the chief nation, to whom the house of Israel comes! (New King James Version)
Family Bible Notes says “Times of continued worldly prosperity are full of danger to the cause of religion; their tendency is to bring into the church luxury, pride, vain show, and indifference to God’s service, with all the gross sins that naturally follow in their train. Thus the professors of godliness dishonour Christ before the world, lose their power over men’s consciences, and make it necessary that God should purify his church by his judgments.” This is the reason why Amos denounced those that are at ease in Zion. The people in question are men and women who have so much confidence in their wealth and their connections. This attitude is dangerous and God Himself condemns it whole and entire (compare Psalm 146: 3 & Isaiah 31: 3).
For this reason Family Bible Notes admonishes that “The numerous examples on record of great and often very sudden changes from a state of ease and comfort to one of deep affliction, ought to be a solemn warning to us of the present day not to abuse the great prosperity which God is bestowing upon us, lest he cause our sun also to go down at noon, and darken our land in the clear day, as he did with ancient Israel (Amos 8: 9).”
Beloved, do you trust your riches and now complacent on the things of God? Are you in the group that feels all is well because you have money and can get whatever you want at beckon and call? Know that God is the owner of whatever you have and He is the only one that can connect us and not man. Trust God and not your riches for wealth are deceptive.
Food for Thought: Do abuse the great prosperity God has bestowed on you?
1. Pray against complacency in the things of God
2. Pray against being at ease because of what you have acquired.