Read Amos 4
Remember the silly little game people sometimes play, which involves sneaking up behind someone and suddenly covering their eyes and saying, “guess who”? I never really understood what the fascination with this game was though there have been times when I have played along with those who would do it to me, and try guess their name.
In today’s reading Amos writes,
For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth – the Lord, the God of hosts, it is his name! (v. 13)
While God does not sneak up behind anyone to cover his or her eyes, He does seem to be playing this sort of game with Israel. I other words, God is essentially saying “Hey Israel, guess who’s talking here? It is only the one who made everything you see and experience. His name is the Lord God, the God of gods, the Lord of hosts, that is who is talking to you!”
Once again the implication here is fairly clear. It is a wake up call. A warning that God is about to reconcile the record, and currently Israel owns quite a bit! The people have abandoned and offended God for quite some time, and God is interested in restoring the relationship. God’s desire is that they repent and return to Him, but He is also committed to allowing them to make this choice by their own will. If they choose not to, there will be negative consequences. If they were to choose to repent, God would continue to bless them.
This principle as not changed in the time that has passed between ancient Israel and the present. God continues to desire for people to choose to repent and restore the relationship He desires to have with us. He also continues to leave the choice in the realm of our will. He gives us the freedom to reject Him so that when we choose to accept Him it is genuinely motivated by love and gratitude. As always, the choice is ours to make.