Amos 5:21, 23-24 NIV 2011
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Amos, God’s prophet, was called to remind the people of God’s truth for the northern kingdom. Amos summarized their current practice of religion and rebuffed them. Their hearts were not focused on God. Amos didn’t want them to look good but to act according to His ways. The sacrificial offerings pointing to redemption were done by ritual rather than remorse. God challenged the faithful to live lives showing righteousness and justice toward others as Micah did. Micah 6:8c, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” God’s people must show righteousness and justice in their daily walk.
Focused on the Father, I’m ready to travel. When a course correction comes, it’s always from Him via an unexpected comment or direction from someone close to me. I’m His work in progress. I’ve learned to accept the information and make His course correction as soon as possible. I just listened to a favorite hymn, “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and these words: “He’s all that my hungry spirit needs. I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.” Where will I shine righteousness and justice in my walk today?
How are we shining His Light?
Walking beside Him,