PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Amos 7-8
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:12)
I believe in God, and I believe in goodness; we were made for both.
But what happens when we turn away from God and goodness?
If we close our ears to their call, we are doomed to the sound of despair.
If there is no God, and no goodness, then despair is all that remains.
There are no answers to our questions, no message of hope to rally our spirits.
Amos describes people staggering, desperately looking for the God they ignored.
Longing for a word of hope, the very word they refused to listen to before.
They do not find the word of the Lord because they forget what it sounds like.
Thankfully, Jesus still speaks hope… if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Jesus embodies God’s love for the poor and needy (8:4), and calls us to follow him.
People like Amaziah might try to silence Jesus (7:12f), but Jesus keeps calling.
As long as we ignore his gracious call, we will stagger through life without hope.
There is a God, and God is good; Jesus is still calling us to seek and find!
Lord, when I search for your message in scripture, I do hear it. Be merciful and penetrate the blindness and deafness of those who cannot or will not hear, that they may see and hear it too.