July 13, 2004Email to a FriendPrint
Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria. Amos 6:1
Last year’s World Series champion often struggles to win again. So easy to rest on past accomplishments! Complacency. Top management sometimes relaxes after climbing the corporate ladder and coasts toward retirement. Disastrous results. Complacency. Confirmed Christians frequently take it easy in worship attendance, Bible study, witness, and service. Their relationship with God and with other believers begins to slip. Complacency.
The prophet Amos writes to both Judah and Israel with a bold message against complacency. He describes their lives of ease – lying on beds inlaid with ivory, dining on choice lambs and fattened calves, strumming away on harps, and drinking wine by the bowlful while both countries, wicked and rebellious, are headed for destruction. Amos condemns their pride and self-satisfaction. He calls them to repentance and trust in the promised Messiah.
Amos’ words rock our complacency as well. We drift away from God and His Word, filling our lives with trivialities and selfish pursuits. We forget about God’s plan for the world and our key missionary role in that plan. Complacency shattered by the reality of God’s judgment, we turn to the One who came for us, always intent on His saving mission. Never complacent about the father’s plan or the opposition of Satan, He went to the cross and finished the work of paying for our sins. Even now He hears and forgives. And we, complacent no more, live for His purposes.
PRAYER: O Lord, help me to keep alert and not be complacent in my devotion to You. Amen.
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