Having Ears to Hear the Difficult Word
Read: AMOS 5:18-24
We live in a world that tends to avoid critique and looks for the positive because we do not like to deal with the difficult or admit we are wrong. This is understandable, as it can be anxiety-inducing to deal with hard words and difficult news, especially if we are complicit in the problem. In today’s reading, Amos delivers the difficult word that the day of the Lord will be dark for Israel. Unfortunately, Israel’s relative peace and prosperity under King Jeroboam II was enjoyed by few at the expense of many, and it will now lead to their downfall.
It is hard to hear that a difficult season of life is coming or already underway because of our choices. The good news is that hearing the difficult word, dropping our defensiveness, and acknowledging and repenting of our actions can be the beginning of a new season of being more intimately connected to God.
Lord, give us ears to hear the difficult word and hearts receptive to the message. AMEN.