Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 19, 2018

“A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken!”

Today’s devotion comes from Amos chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Amos+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey?
Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?
5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it?
Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?
6 If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble?
If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it?
7 Surely the Lord God does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret counsel
To His servants the prophets.
8 A lion has roared!  Who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken!  Who can but prophesy?”  Amos 3:4-8.

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In other words, Amos is saying, in my paraphrase:  “God has prepared everything to carry out His threats.  Everything is ready for the calamity.  God is roaring for good cause.  God does control everything.  God does cause calamity as part of His punishments.  God lets His prophets know what He is about to do.  I am one of God’s prophets.  God has spoken to me about what He will do.  I cannot resist telling others about what He told me that He will do.  Pay attention to my prophecy!”

We have all of Scriptures in which there are many prophecies of warning by God’s faithful prophets.  Pay attention!  Repent!  God may relent from doing the calamity that He has threatened.

““11 The LORD utters His voice before His army;
Surely His camp is very great,
For strong is he who carries out His word.
The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome,
And who can endure it?
12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
13 And rend your heart and not your garments.”
Now return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil.”  Joel 2:11-13.


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