Monday, March 30, 2015

Amos 1-3

(March 28, 2015)
                I appreciate the line “shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it” for what it can tell us.  First, it is essential to understand that evil is not talking about evil deeds necessarily (the Lord does not perform evil deeds), but rather evil is talking about misfortune or things going against what the people want.

                Viewed in this light (and again taking Israel as a symbol for us as believers), this then reads “shall any misfortune happen to a believer, and the Lord hath not done it?”  To me, this makes it clear that nothing can go wrong in the believer’s life except it be a gift (and it is a gift, regardless of the misfortune) to that believer.  Understanding this, it makes it far easier to deal with the inevitable setbacks and trials that we face – no matter the objective, materialistic source of the trial we can be assured that the ultimate source is the Lord and He has given us this trial for our benefit.

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