This last chapter of Amos is a reminder of God’s mercy and compassion, even though when you read the start, it might not seem like it. ‘Israel will be Destroyed’? “If they dig down as deep as the place of the dead, I will pull them up from there. If they climb up into heaven, I will bring them down from there.” Where’s the mercy and compassion in that? Well, it reminds me of Psalm 139:8: “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
God is there. He’s for us – not against us, and the end of Amos 9 talks not about total annihilation, but restoration. He talks about bringing Israel back from captivity and planting them in their own land, never to be uprooted as they were before (Amos 9:14-15).
Perhaps your life feels a bit of a tangled mess. Will you trust God to restore it?
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Thanks if you’ve read through the book of Amos with me. I had hoped to finish it by the end of June; better late than never. Are there any other challenges you’d like to see here on the blog?